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What Does "Main Street" Mean?

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"Main street" is an English idiom. It refers to individual investors, small businesses, and the everyday person as opposed to big corporations or wall street.

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "main street" used in a sentence:
  • The new tax changes will affect Main Street more than the big corporations.
  • The downturn in the economy is felt hardest on Main Street.
  • The mayor's policies are aimed at helping Main Street rather than just the wealthy.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Main Street" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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