asphalt jungle

asphalt jungle

noun
any large, crowded city or urban area regarded as a dangerous place where people are engaged in a struggle for survival.

Origin:
apparently coined by George Ade in a fable published in 1917; popularized by a novel of the same title (1949) by W.R. Burnett (born 1899), U.S. novelist and screenwriter

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