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Queer Street

a condition of financial instability or embarrassment:
Such extravagance will surely put them in Queer Street.
Origin of Queer Street
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A shrill note of anger is sometimes the sure ear-mark of a book from Queer Street.

  • I have got the run of Queer Street now, and you shall see some games there.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • It's lucky for you, my man, that nothing is missing, or you would find yourself in Queer Street.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The majority of people would find themselves in Queer Street if they attempted such folly, for folly it is without a doubt.

  • She has simply sold herself to the highest bidder to get the poor old pater out of Queer Street.

  • However, Falk is a great-hearted fellow who understands that a man may suddenly find himself in Queer Street.

    The Red Room August Strindberg
  • Charles said to himself, "I suppose we shall be in Queer Street to-morrow, then;" but he rather liked the idea.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • I thought you would turn up somewhere in Queer Street, with that infernal old hook nose of yours.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for Queer Street

queer street

(sometimes capitals) (informal) a difficult situation, such as debt or bankruptcy (in the phrase in queer street)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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