side street

noun
a street leading away from a main street; an unimportant street or one carrying but little traffic.
Compare back street.


Origin:
1610–20

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side street
 
n
a minor or unimportant street, esp one leading off a main thoroughfare

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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
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.
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