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asphalt jungle

any large, crowded city or urban area regarded as a dangerous place where people are engaged in a struggle for survival.
Origin of asphalt jungle
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 Unabridged
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asphalt jungle

noun phrase

A city's paved landscape; a big city

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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