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street arab

or street Arab

noun, Archaic: Sometimes Offensive.
a person, especially a child, who lives a homeless, vagabond life on the streets; urchin.
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See Arab. Unabridged
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  • Unlike the street-arab, he is either a school-boy, or earns his living somehow, or he is a truant from work of either kind.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
British Dictionary definitions for street-arab

street Arab

(literary, old-fashioned) a homeless child, esp one who survives by begging and stealing; urchin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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