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main street +‎ -ing


mainstreeting (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly Canada and US, informal, of a politician or celebrity) Greeting and interacting with people in a public place.
    • 1988 Nov. 12, John F. Burns, "Reporter's Notebook: A Legend Campaigns In Canada," New York Times (retrieved 22 May 2014):
      When fog over the British Columbia interior caused the Liberal leader to abort a campaign trip last week and repair to a shopping mall in downtown Vancouver for some "mainstreeting" among the shoppers, John C. Turner stole the show.
    • 2008 June 19, David Usborne, "Al Franken's time: Can a comedian conquer the US senate?," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 22 May 2014):
      Practising in Northfield what his staff calls "mainstreeting"—pottering past shops talking to passers-by—he ducks into an artist's supply shop.
    • 2014 May 13, Colin Perkel, "Horwath blasts Liberals on auto insurance," Hamilton Spectator (Canada) (retrieved 22 May 2014):
      Horwath opted for mainstreeting rather than new policy announcements Tuesday. She visited a mall food court, where she glad-handed and chatted with patrons.