main drag n.
1. the main street of a town or city.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 218/1: He ‘patters’ very little in a main drag (public street). [Ibid.] 424: They goes into the by-courts in Windsor, because this bouncing caper wouldn’t do in the main drag.|
|Son of a Vulcan I 267: Cardiff Jack’s never got so low as to be gridling on the main drag—singing I mean, on the high-road.|
|Leicester Chron. 7 June 12/2: We must quit this main drag and keep across country.|
|High School Aegis X 15 Feb. 2–3: I wuz mopin’ down de main drag, I mean de main street.‘’Frisco Kid’s Story’ in|
|Road 120: We begged together on the ‘main-drag’ that day for pennies, and what we received was spent for ‘shupers’ of beer.|
|John Barleycorn (1989) 122: Another jingle was financed with pennies begged on the main-drag.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 163: He detailed a couple of them to take the main ‘drag,’ another to make the railroad men’s boarding houses, another to the saloons.|
|Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 75: I went from there to De Cazens Boulevard, which was the main drag of Las Olindas.‘Finger Man’ in|
|Spiv’s Progress 9: There’s a brick-kiln further up, just off the main drag .|
|Really the Blues 19: Strutting down the main drag blowing my sax while the chicks lined up along the curb.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 449: He turned left on the main drag.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 21: A big tavern called Nick’s, a noisy place on a main drag called Del Monte.|
|Dead Butler Caper 21: At the Silchester roundabout a signpost to Bramley took me off the main drag.|
|After Hours 45: Then the main drag and the car.|
|A-Team Storybook 51: B.A. [...] drove off down Charity’s main drag.|
|G’DAY 59: He gets in the Kingswood, chucks a u-ey and heads back towards the main drag.|
|Llama Parlour 212: The Nirvana Casino was off the main drag.|
|Turning (2005) 75: They were full-on people [...] They would never settle for just a meeting on the main drag.‘Small Mercies’ in|
|Alphaville (2011) 44: His pizza place was on the main drag.|
|Thrill City [ebook] The cab driver pulled up at what I assumed was the main drag. It was wide street with more of those grand old buildings.|
|Guardian On Line 24 Aug. [Internet] Main drag Colefax Avenue is lined with stores selling medical marijuana.|
2. the main road.
|Derbys. Advertiser 2 Dec. 25/4: I saw a little wizened old vagrant turn out his ‘scran pocket’ by the roadside on the Ashby ‘main drag’.|
|Guntz 153: I found myself [...] tearing along the main drag to Kent.|
|Go-Boy! 62: Fate had me cruising along a main drag in Toronto behind the wheel of a V-8 Ford.|
3. (US black) 7th Avenue in Harlem, New York.
|Juba to Jive.|
to beg along a town’s main street.
|Gay-cat 301: Buzz, or mooch, or work the main drag or stem—to beg or bum along the main street.|
(US black) 125th Street Harlem, New York.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|