main street
main street main street n. 1. A main thoroughfare, usually one in a small town having the largest concentration of retail businesses. [PJC]

2. Hence: (Fig.) The attitudes, environment, or life style of a small town; -- usually capitalized, and often used attributively; as, Main Street attitudes toward Washington. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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