on the street


Also, in the street.

1

Without a job, unemployed, as in After they fired her she was on the street for two years. [First half of 1900s]

2

Without a regular place of residence, homeless, as in It's terrible to be on the street in winter. [Mid-1800s]

3

Released from prison, as in One more year and he'll be back in the street. [First half of 1900s]

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