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boom town

or boomtown

noun
1.
a town that has grown very rapidly as a result of sudden prosperity.
Origin of boom town
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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Examples from the Web for boom town
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  • It was a boom town with material reasons for substantial growth.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • What could bring a girl of her sort to a boom town below the border?

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant
  • At the foot of this ancient fiord lies the boom town of Skaguay.

  • It presents with striking vividness a picture of the rise and fall of a boom town.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • I read in a paper the other day of a sign in front of an eat-joint in a Western boom town.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • From the first it became evident that Willets would not be a boom town.

    The Trail Horde

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • If he actually did possess such a weakness, Little Missouri and the boom town were fully able to satisfy it.

  • Sam Pardee was drawn to a new town, a boom town, as unerringly as a small boy scents a street fight.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • No "boom town" can possibly produce a genius: it only fosters sundry small Napoleons of finance.

  • The crew stayed for four weeks in a boom town of nine thousand, installing a complete telephone system.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for boom town

boom town

noun
1.
a town that is enjoying sudden prosperity or has grown rapidly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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