Downing Street

noun
  1. a street in W central London, England: cabinet office; residence of the prime minister.
  2. the British prime minister and cabinet.
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Downing Street

noun
  1. a street in W central London, in Westminster: official residences of the British prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer
  2. informal the prime minister or the British Government

Word Origin for Downing Street

named after Sir George Downing (1623–84), English statesman
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Word Origin and History for downing street

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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