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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
1980-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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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Rustbelt definition

Urban areas in the Northeast and Middle West marked by the concentration of old, declining industries, such as steel and textiles.

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