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ghost town

a town permanently abandoned by its inhabitants, as because of a business decline or because a nearby mine has been worked out.
Origin of ghost town
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
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  • At their base, the gray walls of stone in the ghost town of Little Rhyolite gleamed palely, like skeleton remains.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • A ghost town should have ghosts but none walk at the present time.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • They went first to the ghost town: the slope above Little Rhyolite would save weary miles.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • The tall, well-built cowboy star swung into his saddle and they trotted away between two tumbledown houses of the ghost town.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Why should anyone come to the ghost town, especially in a darkened vehicle?

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for ghost town

ghost town

a deserted town, esp one in the western US that was formerly a boom town
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ghost town in Culture

ghost town definition

A town, especially a boomtown in the old American West, that has been completely abandoned and deserted: “If you drive through the desert, you can still see the main street of Dry Gulch, a ghost town.”

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Idioms and Phrases with ghost town

ghost town

A once thriving town that has been completely abandoned, as in Many of the old mining communities are ghost towns now. This idiom implies that there are no living people left in town. [ First half of 1900s ]
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