Definition of Rust Belt in English:

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Rust Belt

noun

(the Rust Belt) informal
Parts of the northeastern and midwestern US that are characterized by declining industry, aging factories, and a falling population. Steel-producing cities in Pennsylvania and Ohio are at its center: the smokestacks of the Rust Belt were no longer allowed to blast wastes into the air [as modifier]: the state’s Rust Belt economy
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  • The darkest red areas are the opposite: heavily industrialized northeast France (including Lille) with high industrial unemployment, communist labor unions and rust-belt industries.
  • In the view of some it is as if the management of the FRG has failed, in its hostile takeover of a failed rust-belt industry, to treat its newly acquired property with sufficient sangfroid.
  • The Midwest is shedding its rust-belt reputation for a new era of artistic appreciation, according to a poll of readers of AmericanStyle, a bi-annual arts lifestyle publication.

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