a person, especially a child, who lives on the streets; urchin.
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How to use street arab in a sentence
The beggar reciting the Bible to fill his pocket is very well; but he does not come up to the preaching street arab.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
Once in a while some street arab let drive a stone, then dove under the nearest car, and scurried away into hiding.Harper's Round Table, August 20, 1895 | Various
This is the newsboy of London, a personality into which the street arab not infrequently develops.Highways and Byways in London | Mrs. E. T. Cook.
He was a Parisian, a former street arab, and I suspected him of having prepared an apple-pie bed in order to have a laugh at me.Trooper 3809 | Lionel Decle
And in her turn Florence appeared with her little street-arab smile, and her childish haunches.En Route | J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for street Arab
literary, old-fashioned a homeless child, esp one who survives by begging and stealing; urchin
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