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  • proper n. the generic street name (and 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.
  • proper n. the interests of everyday working-class people and small business owners.


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  • Putting the Fairlane in gear, she pulled out onto Main Street just about a block behind that tan car, with only one other automobile in between.

    Drowned Hopes

  • For decades, they chugged out copies of the Franklin News-Post right across from the courthouse on Main Street in Rocky Mount, Virginia, until the printing machine abraded a smooth, shallow shadow into the concrete floor where it stood beneath fluorescent tubes.


  • He left the hotel and walked to the ramshackle building off Main Street that was condemned by the county department of building and safety but championed by the Mooseville Chamber of Commerce.

    The Cat Who Went Underground

  • And it was different with Carl Gosse, who could be seen on Main Street every Sunday morning, shaking hands next to his father, who was the minister of the only Protestant church in town.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • EAST HAMPTON—There's so much turnover in retail on Main Street and Newtown Lane here that you blink and, suddenly, Balenciaga is gone.

    In East Hampton, Ushering in New Shops

  • One hour and fifteen minutes after they left, Regan and Jack were driving down Main Street in Long Branch, headed for Washington Middle School.


  • Money brought in commerce, which required construction, and soon enough a Main Street sprang up—a bank, a general store, a saloon, a restaurant, a bathhouse, a hotel, all slatternly and crudely constructed of fresh wood, wearing coats of bright paint.

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  • The regulars in the Shamrock Family Tavern on South Main Street were talking about the railroad.

    Drowned Hopes

  • Ned Mosley strolled up Main Street while his father, Morgan Mosley, limped behind.

    The Lost Children

  • When she put her head to the pillow at night, it was always filled with candy-cane thoughts, whereas mine became Main Street for the parade of worries and the review of obligations.



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