or by·street

[ bahy-street ]
/ ˈbaɪˌstrit /
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a side street or a private or obscure street; byway.



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Origin of by-street

First recorded in 1665–75; by- + street
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Example sentences from the Web for by-street

  • The boarding-house, an old and dilapidated building, was in a bystreet convenient to the harbour.

  • He left his hotel and took a lodging in the nearest bystreet to Mr. Restall's palace at Kensington.

    Little Novels|Wilkie Collins
  • Faustina stood at the opening of the little bystreet and saw the doomed mans heavy tread.

    Christ Legends|Selma Lagerlf
  • It was a spirited sight to see them come leaping fences, tearing around corners, swarming out of every bystreet and alley.

    Those Extraordinary Twins|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for by-street

/ (ˈbaɪˌstriːt) /


an obscure or secondary street
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