street arab

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Synonyms for street arab

(sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets

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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.
Now, as these street Arabs of Rome, more fortunate than those of Paris, understand every language, more especially the French, they heard the traveller order an apartment, a dinner, and finally inquire the way to the house of Thomson & French.
Even child-saver Jacob Riis called street arabs "rats gnawing away at the foundations of society.
Between 1854 and 1929, western colonization organizations sent more than 150,000 street arabs to the frontier on "orphan trains" from New York City alone.