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HIGH. This word has various significations: 1. Principal or chief, as high constable, high sheriff. 2. Prominent, in a bad sense, as high treason. 3. Open, not confined, as high seas.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In the Earl's Court Road it had not been half-past, and at Barker's in High Street it was but a minute later.
It comes as lower footfall has hit several high street brands in recent years.
This year's Great British High Street Awards has announced which areas are among the best local communities across the UK.
A NORTH-EAST town could be in the running to have its high street named Britain's best.
THE minster for high streets, has congratulated the people of Wellington for being shortlisted in the Great British High Street Awards.
Alness High Street has been shortlisted as one of the UK's best.
Half of those surveyed also feel their high street gives them a sense of pride in their local community.
Best Western is targeting empty high street shops as part of plans to double its presence in Britain over three years.
STOP Mancunians for a chat about their economy and it's highly likely they'll mention their local high street. Technically dened as places that have 15 or more shops within 150 metres of each other, they are often found in town centres, and provide locals with employment and a convenient place to do their shopping.
High Street Acquires Assets of Michigan's Tompkins Insurance Agency