civvy street


often capitalized C&S
: civilian life

Example Sentences

He was trying to make some money in civvy street.
Recent Examples on the Web Strenuous and life-endangering service in the field, by contrast, creates fewer and less lucrative opportunities on civvy street. The Economist, 30 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of civvy street was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Civvy street.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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