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small-town

[smawl-toun] /ˈsmɔlˈtaʊn/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a town or village:
a typical, small-town general store.
2.
provincial or unsophisticated:
small-town manners.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
Related forms
small-towner, noun
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Examples from the web for small-town
  • It has small-town rodeos, relaxed guest ranches, and roadside diners with good pie.
  • The superstores may offer convenience, keen prices and a range of products that small-town shops cannot match.
  • The world's largest retailer still thinks of itself as a small-town outfit.
  • Historically, said the rabbi, communal ovens were the hub of small-town community.
  • Handmade products crafted in small-town shops gave way to urban factories and mechanized production.
  • Wanted: small-town students who want to become country doctors.
  • But the arrival of shopping malls, better highways, and big-box stores rendered the small-town retailer obsolete.
  • And once they get to their destination, people don't really want to shop in old-fashioned small-town stores.
  • Nor are small-town police departments always able to spare officers.
  • She would drolly repeat some of his small-town phrases.
Word Origin and History for small-town
adj.

"unsophisticated, provincial," 1824, from noun phrase, from small (adj.) + town.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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