or street Arab
noun Archaic: Sometimes Offensive.
a person, especially a child, who lives a homeless, vagabond life on the streets; urchin.
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Origin of street arab
First recorded in 1860–65
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Unlike the street-arab, he is either a school-boy, or earns his living somehow, or he is a truant from work of either kind.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
literary, old-fashioned a homeless child, esp one who survives by begging and stealing; urchin
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