- a street in W central London, England: cabinet office; residence of the prime minister.
- the British prime minister and cabinet.
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Examples from the Web for downing street
It is only necessary to call it an official residence, like 10 Downing-street.
A more ample explanation of the views of the crown issued from Downing-street, April 26, 1826.
Mr. Smith, a colonist of long standing, obtained an audience at Downing-street.
It is not likely to pay a man to say that wolves shall howl in Downing-street and vultures build their nests in Buckingham Palace.
I met Mr. Peel on his way to Downing-street as I came here, and he appeared very agitated.Odd Volume
- a street in W central London, in Westminster: official residences of the British prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer
- informal the prime minister or the British Government
named after Sir George Downing (1623–84), English statesman
Word Origin and History for downing street
short street in London, named for British diplomat Sir George Downing (c.1624-1684). It contains the residence of the prime minister (at Number 10), hence its metonymic use for "the British government," attested from 1781.
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