Main-street meaning

The principal street of a small town.
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The principal street of any small town.
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The typical inhabitants of a small town, regarded as provincial and conservative.
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Ordinary citizens and the places in which they live and work.

An economic upheaval felt from Wall Street to Main Street.

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The generic street name (often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in the United States, Canada, Ireland, some parts of Scotland and also in some countries in central Europe.
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(idiomatic, North America) The interests of everyday working-class people and small business owners.

"...Wall Street has surged back to pre-crisis levels of compensation evan as Main Street continues to struggle." - Chrystia Freeland.

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Origin of main-street

  • Sense 2b, after Main Street a novel by Sinclair Lewis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition