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rust belt

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
the heavily industrial area of the northeastern U.S. containing the older industries and factories.
1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for rust belt
  • Steel plants across the rust belt are feeling the effects of the depressed economy and auto industry meltdown.
  • Rural communities and rust belt cities and towns are experiencing their own economic nightmares.
  • There are more elite recruits down south these days, but the rust belt is still stocked with good players.
British Dictionary definitions for rust belt

rust belt

an area where heavy industry is in decline, esp in the Midwest of the US
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Slang definitions & phrases for rust belt

rust bowl


: Wall Street, Chrysler, high-tech enterprises vs ''rust bowl'' asi industries

noun phrase

The beleaguered and declining industrial areas, esp of the Middle West: in the midwestern middle, the ''rust bowl''/ Breaking the Rust Belt loose (1984+)

[modeled on the 1930s term dust bowl and the 1970s term sun belt]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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