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redlining

or red-lin·ing

[ red-lahy-ning ]
/ ˈrɛdˌlaɪ nɪŋ /
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noun

a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance companies, etc., refuse or limit loans, mortgages, insurance, etc., within specific geographic areas, especially inner-city neighborhoods.

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Origin of redlining

redline + -ing1, as if banks, insurance companies, etc., had outlined such areas in red on a map
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