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blockbusting

[ blok-buhs-ting ]
/ ˈblɒkˌbʌs tɪŋ /
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noun
the profiteering real-estate practice of buying homes from white majority homeowners below market value, based on the implied threat of future devaluation during minority integration of previously segregated neighborhoods.
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Origin of blockbusting

First recorded in 1940–45; block + bust2 + -ing1
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How to use blockbusting in a sentence

  • He didn't speak English and my high school German was inadequate, especially accompanied by a blockbusting hangover.

    Unborn Tomorrow|Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for blockbusting

blockbusting
/ (ˈblɒkˌbʌstɪŋ) /

noun
US informal the act or practice of inducing the sale of property cheaply by exploiting the owners' fears of lower prices if racial minorities live in the area
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