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noun [uncountable] Downing Street pronunciation in British English /ˈdaʊnɪŋ ˌstriːt/
  1. the prime minister or the government of the UK

    Within an hour, Downing Street issued another statement on the crash.

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From the street in London where the Prime Minister lives.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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