One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A raggedly dressed homeless child wandering the streets.‘the street Arabs gave him an awful time’
mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, prankster, tearawayView synonyms
- ‘He swears that the murderer was a young boy of around ten, probably a street Arab.’
- ‘There is one reference to this street in Van Gogh's letters, where, on c.17 September 1888, he refers disparagingly to ‘street Arabs’ and ‘loafers’ in the Rue du Bout d' Arles.’
- ‘They are always amazed at the number of bars as compared to churches - 111 Protestant churches, chapels and places of worship below Fourteenth Street, 4,065 saloons-and shocked at the presence of ‘street Arabs,’ homeless boys.’
- ‘At the turn of the century it was the original Hooligans and what were termed ‘street Arabs’.’
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