Downing Street


: the British Prime Minister or the British government
Downing Street and the White House are currently discussing the issue.

Note: The term Downing Street comes from the address of the official home of the British Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street in London.

Examples of Downing Street in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The interior experienced a recent makeover by Scottish designer Guy Oliver, also responsible for the styling of 10 Downing Street. Chloe Braithwaite, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2024 These weapons were used in attacks on West Belfast, a British army barracks in County Armagh and London’s Downing Street, where the IRA killed or injured dozens of police officers, government officials and innocent civilians. Theresa McKinney, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Apr. 2024 When former Prime Minister Tony Blair entered Downing Street 27 years ago, the British economy was larger than India’s and China’s combined. David Lammy, Foreign Affairs, 17 Apr. 2024 Even the most ardent sneakerheads know there is a time and a place for a gum sole, and the British public have decided on-camera at 10 Downing Street is neither. Leah Dolan, CNN, 9 Apr. 2024 Johnson’s Downing Street was operatically dysfunctional. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Messages of sadness and support are flooding London this weekend, from the White House, 10 Downing Street and California. Lauren Frayer, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024 But, in fact, her 007 spectacular garnered more publicity than Katharine could have ever imagined because of a certain Downing Street publicity moment. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 18 Feb. 2024 Yet the party’s centrists would probably balk at installing a polarizing figure in Downing Street before an election. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024

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“Downing Street.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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