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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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  • Such jokes would have made them about as popular as the borscht circuit comedian who told a funny story about Dachau in 1946.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
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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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