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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
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  • Just after they reached the side-street where Wade left him to go down to his church, he met Sue Northwick driving in her sleigh.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • She ventured down a side-street, toward a furnace-glow of sunset.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • He plodded three slushy blocks up a side-street before he found a cab.

    Mate in Two Moves Winston Marks
  • She would have to toil in a few cells of a beehive on a side-street.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Halfway up the gentle slope of the boulevard, however, a Ford galloped out from a side-street.

    Rastignac the Devil Philip Jos Farmer
  • She had turned obediently when he suggested the side-street.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • From Broadway it barked loudly into a side-street where easily, with a soapy slide, it stopped.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Then she turned down a side-street to the Embankment, near Vauxhall Bridge.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • One evening when he was walking with a friend in Piccadilly, a girl coming from a side-street accosted him in German.

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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