1. the city streets, esp. seen from a prison cell.
2. the urban environment in general.
3. a street prostitute’s beat.
[1920s+] (US) to walk the streets, esp. when in search of work.
1. [20C+] to exit, to leave for the street, to start walking.
2. [1930s+] to be discharged from a prison sentence.
3. [1940s] to go on strike.
4. [1960s+] to be homeless, walking the streets at night.
1. [mid-19C] energetically, noisily (cf. like beans and bricks under beans n.3 ).
2. [mid-19C] unreservedly.
3. in the best possible manner.
1. [1930s+] (US) on the street after being released from prison or hospital.
2. [1960s+] (drugs) walking the streets searching for drugs.
3. [1970s+] working as a street prostitute.
1. to stand around in the street, loafing and gossiping.
2. to walk the streets in search of work.
see under sweat v.2
[1920s+] (US black) to the limit, to the furthest extent.
1. [20C+] to wander around; to walk up and down.
2. [1980s+] (US police) to patrol on foot.