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Topic: ROADS

Language: Old English
Origin: stræt

street

noun
     
street S1 W1 [countable]
1TTR a public road in a city or town that has houses, shops etc on one or both sidesCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
along/up/down the street across the street on the other/opposite side of the street cross the street main street high street British English (=the main street with shops in a village, town, or city) shopping street British English (=a street with a lot of shops) side/back street (=a street that is smaller than a main street) busy/quiet street (=a street with a lot of activity or little activity) crowded/deserted/empty street one-way street (=a street where you can only drive in one direction) narrow street winding streets (=streets that turn in many directions) street corner (=a place where streets meet)
We moved to Center Street when I was young.
I walked on further down the street.
Someone just moved in across the street.
Look both ways before you cross the street.
There were soldiers marching down the main street.
There's a branch of the store in almost every high street in Britain.
We found a quiet bar in one of the side streets.
a quiet residential street
He was fined for driving the wrong way down a one-way street.
a small historic town with narrow winding streets
Two people were chatting on a street corner.
2

the streets

[plural] also the street the busy public parts of a city where there is a lot of activity, excitement, and crime, or where people without homes live
on the streets
young people living on the streets
She felt quite safe walking the streets after dark.
street musicians (=ones who play on the street)
3

the man/woman in the street

also the man/woman on the street the average person, who represents the general opinion about things:
The man on the street assumes that all politicians are corrupt.
4

(right) up your street

British English exactly right for you
5

streets ahead (of somebody/something)

British English informal much better than someone or something else:
James is streets ahead of the rest of the class at reading.
backstreet

➔ be (living) on easy street

at easy1 (13)

➔ one-way street

at one-way (1)
high street two-way street

➔ walk the streets

at walk1 (8)
WORD FOCUS: road WORD FOCUS: road
a big road: main road, highway, motorway British English, freeway American English, expressway, turnpike American English, interstate American English, A-road British English

a road in a town: street, avenue, boulevard

a road in the countryside: country road, lane, track

a road you pay to use: toll road

parts of a road: fast lane, slow lane, hard shoulder British English/shoulder American English, central reservation British English/median strip American English, pavement British English/sidewalk American English


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