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rust belt

noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
  1. the heavily industrial area of the northeastern U.S. containing the older industries and factories.
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Origin of rust belt

First recorded in 1980–85
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rust belt

noun
  1. an area where heavy industry is in decline, esp in the Midwest of the US
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rustbelt in Culture

Rustbelt

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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