Definition of distressed area in English:

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distressed area

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A region of high unemployment and poverty.
Example sentences
  • Some of the towns have become distressed areas and focal points of frustration and bitterness.
  • The city has dedicated small amounts of money to distressed areas, but there hasn't been a capital injection by the private sector.
  • In the past few years we've gotten a good national consensus on moving to a market-based approach to reviving distressed areas.

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