Definition of blockbusting in English:


Syllabification: block·bust·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈbläkˌbəstiNG


  • Very successful commercially: his blockbusting novel
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    • Together, our crusade to save the cinema can be a blockbusting success.
    • Wayne gave his usual blockbusting performance, taking the ball up and making metres and stitching up the middle with his tackling.
    • My recent letter about the humourless programme was published just before the blockbusting episode watched by nearly 20 million viewers.


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  • The practice of persuading owners to sell property cheaply because of the fear of people of another race or class moving into the neighborhood, and thus profiting by reselling at a higher price.
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    • Neither were neighborhoods victimized by blockbusting.
    • So deep was white Chicagoans' hostility to the practice that activists labored to stop such blockbusting even when they were willing to live alongside African American neighbors.
    • The agency did not systematically discourage either racial discrimination or blockbusting.

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