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ghost town

noun
1.
a town permanently abandoned by its inhabitants, as because of a business decline or because a nearby mine has been worked out.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for ghost-town

ghost town

noun
1.
a deserted town, esp one in the western US that was formerly a boom town
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ghost town definition


A town, especially a boomtown in the old American West, that has been completely abandoned and deserted: “If you drive through the desert, you can still see the main street of Dry Gulch, a ghost town.”

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Idioms and Phrases with ghost-town

ghost town

A once thriving town that has been completely abandoned, as in Many of the old mining communities are ghost towns now. This idiom implies that there are no living people left in town. [ First half of 1900s ]
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