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main street

noun
1.
the principal thoroughfare, especially through the business district, in a small town.
2.
(initial capital letters) the outlook, environment, or life of a small town.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45
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British Dictionary definitions for main-street

Main Street

noun (mainly US & Canadian)
1.
the most prominent street of a town, usually where the principal shops and businesses are situated
2.
ordinary people in general
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Word Origin and History for main-street

Main Street

n.

"principal street of a (U.S.) town," 1810. Used allusively to indicate "mediocrity, small-town materialism" from late 19c., especially since publication of Sinclair Lewis's novel "Main Street" (1920).

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