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borscht circuit

(sometimes initial capital letters) the hotels of the predominantly Jewish resort area in the Catskill Mountains, many of them offering nightclub or cabaret entertainment.
Also called borscht belt.
Origin of borscht circuit
First recorded in 1935-40; so called, facetiously, from the quantities of borscht consumed there Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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borscht belt

noun phrase

  1. The region in and near the Catskill Mountains north of New York City where many predominantly Jewish resort hotels are found (1930s+)
  2. Any neighborhood peopled by Russians or Russian emigrants: Just south of the Fairfax borscht belt and across the street from the Farmer's Market (1990s+)

[fr Russian borshch, ''beet soup'' (in its Yiddish spelling), a focus of the cuisine]

borscht circuit

noun phrase

The resort hotels of the Cats-kills borscht belt, regarded as a circuit for entertainers, lecturers, etc (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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