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EtymologyEdit

A term originating in Victorian England.

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street urchin (plural street urchins)

  1. (Britain, obsolescent) A child who lives, or spends most of his or her time, in the streets; sometimes a petty thief or pickpocket.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 84:
      She ran to the door and there beheld the ragged street urchin calmly playing his organ.

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