on the street

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on the street

Also, in the street.

  1. Without a job, unemployed, as in After they fired her she was on the street for two years. [First half of 1900s]

  2. Without a regular place of residence, homeless, as in It's terrible to be on the street in winter. [Mid-1800s]

  3. Released from prison, as in One more year and he'll be back in the street. [First half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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