on the street

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on the street

  1. (idiomatic) Without a home; without the means to afford good shelter.
    We haven't been able to pay rent for five months. Next month we'll be on the street.
    • 2018, The Observer, The Observer view on the budget and the decade of austerity, 28 October :
      Delays with universal credit have compounded the problem, pushing people into rent arrears and putting them at risk of losing their homes. And the retrenchment of services such as mental health and drug rehabilitation means that vulnerable people are more likely to find themselves on the street.