Definition of blockbusting in English:

blockbusting

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informal

adjective

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.

noun

[mass noun] North American Back to top  
The practice of persuading owners to sell property cheaply because of the fear of people of another race or class moving into the neighbourhood, and then 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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