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asphalt jungle

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noun
  1. any large, crowded city or urban area regarded as a dangerous place where people are engaged in a struggle for survival.
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Origin of asphalt jungle

apparently coined by George Ade in a fable published in 1917; popularized by a novel of the same title (1949) by W.R. Burnett (born 1899), U.S. novelist and screenwriter
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