rust belt

noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
the heavily industrial area of the northeastern U.S. containing the older industries and factories.

Origin:
1980–85

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rust belt
 
n
an area where heavy industry is in decline, esp in the Midwest of the US

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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.
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