In Reply to: Off the streets posted by Elizabeth on June 14, 2008 at 06:59:
: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "..that'll keep me off the streets and out of the pool halls"? My mother uses it to describe an activity that will keep her quite busy, but she doesn't know the source of the expression.
Two possibilities. A family can't pay the rent and they and their possessions are thrown out on the street. Or city kids with nothing to do hang around on the streets and get into trouble.