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main stem

noun, Slang.
the main street of a city or town; the main drag.
Origin of main stem
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for main stem
  • To develop a more prostrate form, cut vertical stems back to the plant's main stem.
  • The main stem then enters the inferior lobe, where it divides into ventral and dorsal branches similar to those in the right lung.
  • During the growing phase the plant flowers and begins to develop four or five tillers along its main stem.
  • The adelgid feeds either on the outer portions of tree crowns or on the main stem and large branches.
  • At this point, it is necessary to distinguish between the main stem and the tributary.
Slang definitions & phrases for main stem

main drag

noun phrase

The major street of a town or city •Main stem was used of a railroad line by 1832: We begged together on the ''main drag''/ We sifted along the main stem (entry form 1851+, variant 1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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