street arab

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street Arab

(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literary old-fashioned a homeless child, esp one who survives by begging and stealing; urchin

street′ Ar`ab

(or ar`ab),

usage: This term, though not used as a deliberate slur, is sometimes perceived as insulting because of its reference to the nomadic Arabs.
Sometimes Offensive. urchin; gamin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.street arab - (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
guttersnipe, street urchin - a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
References in classic literature ?
He gave a shrill whistle, on which a street Arab led across a four-wheeler and opened the door.
Holmes," cried a small street Arab, running up to us.
It's the Baker Street division of the detective police force," said my companion, gravely; and as he spoke there rushed into the room half a dozen of the dirtiest and most ragged street Arabs that ever I clapped eyes on.
bootblacks, thimble-riggers, street arabs, beggars, the blear-eyed beggars, thieves, the weakly, vagabonds, merchants, sham soldiers, goldsmiths, passed masters of pickpockets, isolated thieves.
They may be all right--I'm not saying they're not--but no London street Arabs for me,' I said.