street, the n.
1. [20C+] the mythical world of ‘real life’, which exists on the streets, rather than in the protected environments of home, office, family etc.
2. [1940s+] (orig. US Und.) the world of freedom, as opposed to that of prison; thus on the street(s), at liberty.
3. [1960s] the world of commercial homosexual encounters.
[1970s+] (US black) well-versed in the ways of the urban lifestyle as seen on the inner-city streets.
see under beef n.2
[1980s+] acceptability on a mass cultural level.
[1990s+] (US) illegal, but acceptable in the ‘real life’ context of the street.
1. [20C+] a petty criminal who ‘works’ on the street, usu. as a drug dealer or pickpocket.
2. [1980s] (US black) a person who is wise in the ways of the street.
[1960s+] (US) money earned on the street, usu. through drug-dealing, pickpocketing or prostitution.
see under nigger n.1
[2000s] (UK black) the street; the world of the street.
see separate entries.
see separate entries.
[1990s+] (US black/drugs) to be involved in the use of and selling of crack cocaine.
[1930s+] (US black) to spend one’s time in self-indulgence, partying, drinking and enjoying the freedoms of a non-domestic life.
SE in slang uses
[1940s–50s] (US black) a member of the Black Muslims.
see corner cowboy under corner n.2
see under grizzle v.
[1960s–70s] a form of hippie n.2 (3), who wears the clothes but espouses more of a trad. begging ethic than that of the ‘love and peace’ generation.
see under pitcher n.2
1. [1990s+] (US black) debris, a smashed-up mess.
2. see pavement pizza under pizza n.
see under rat n.1
[1990s+] (US) a riot gun, usu. a shotgun with a wide blast and thus used to disperse a mob.
[1940s+] gossip, rumour.
[20C+] by a long way.
1. [1910s+] (orig. US) to leave, to go out for the night.
2. [1930s+] (US prison) to return to free society.
[1960s+] (US) to engage in a gun battle on the street (with the implication that one would rather die than face prison).
see in the same box under box n.1
[1960s+] (US black) in the open, in public.
[1940s] (US) to work as a street prostitute.
[1950s+] (orig. US) to make gossip, information etc. available for general consumption.
[20C+] (US) to take a private conflict or issue into the public arena.