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side street

a street leading away from a main street; an unimportant street or one carrying but little traffic.
Compare back street.
Origin of side street
1610-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for side street
  • Dinner will be at a small trattoria on a side street far from the tourist attractions.
  • The door closed and everything was dark and silent in the little side street.
  • Walk three short blocks, then turn left again down a small side street.
  • The thieves removed the framed canvases from the walls and lowered them through a window to the side street below.
  • Find another piazza and walk to a different side street.
  • Wander down a side street and seek out neighborhood cafes and wine bars favored by the locals.
  • For al fresco diners, the restaurant offers café-style outdoor seating under a covered patio that overlooks a quiet side street.
  • When turning left from a side street or driveway, signal and wait until it is safe.
  • In addition, the red arrows depict side street right-turn movement while the blue circles show the signal-controlled crossovers.
  • Many of these drivers are waiting to enter a major arterial street from a side street.
British Dictionary definitions for side street

side street

a minor or unimportant street, esp one leading off a main thoroughfare
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Idioms and Phrases with side street

side street

A minor thoroughfare that carries little traffic, as in Our favorite hotel is on a quiet little side street. The side in this idiom means “off to one side, away from the main street.” [ c. 1600 ]
Also see: back street
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