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street people

plural noun
persons whose home is in the streets of a city; the homeless.
people who make their living in the streets, especially of large cities, as vendors or performers.
the people of a neighborhood, especially a crowded big-city neighborhood or ghetto, who frequent the streets of their area.
Origin of street people
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All this looked suspicious to the man in the street people began to fear some terrible Popish plot.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon
  • When we reached the street people were running hither and thither.

  • On the street people turn to look at his knotty stick and his immense tattered hat; but I am accustomed to this.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Down the street people were standing astonished or running towards them.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • Everywhere always in the street people—millions of them —whom I do not know, moving swiftly along.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • As he passed along the street people paused to glance at him: he appeared so pale and scared.

  • Along the street people had begun to gather, with more of curiosity to see what might be seen than of apprehension.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • In the street people were tobogganing in the fresh snow, and their clamour floated in at the window.

Slang definitions & phrases for street people

street people

noun phrase

  1. Ghetto dwellers
  2. Homeless people such as transient hippies, bag ladies, and the like; drifters (1967+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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