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wrong side of the tracks, the

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wrong side of the tracks, the

adverb phrase

A socially and economically inferior neighborhood; the slums: He did very well for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks/ I was born on the wrong side of the tracks

[fr the fact that poor and industrial areas were often located on one side of the railroad tracks, partly because prevailing wind patterns would carry smoke into them and away from the better-off neighborhoods]

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