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rust belt

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
the heavily industrial area of the northeastern U.S. containing the older industries and factories.
Origin of rust belt
First recorded in 1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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rust belt

an area where heavy industry is in decline, esp in the Midwest of the US
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rust bowl


: Wall Street, Chrysler, high-tech enterprises vs ''rust bowl'' asi industries

noun phrase

The beleaguered and declining industrial areas, esp of the Middle West: in the midwestern middle, the ''rust bowl''/ Breaking the Rust Belt loose (1984+)

[modeled on the 1930s term dust bowl and the 1970s term sun belt]

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