shanty town

shanty town
shanty town UK US [ˈʃænti ˌtaʊn] noun [countable] [singular shanty town plural shanty towns]
an area where very poor people live in shanties
Thesaurus: areas in towns or citieshyponym

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shan|ty|town «SHAN tee TOWN», noun, or shanty town, U.S.
1. a poor, run-down section of a city or a town: »

Rural workers flock to oilfields and cities, only to sit idle in shantytowns (Time).

2. a settlement of makeshift shacks, tents, or other living quarters, usually near a new military installation or factory: »

Shantytowns spring up overnight on the outskirts of Lima and other cities (Atlantic).

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ˈshanty town [shanty town shanty towns] noun
an area in or near a town where poor people live in shanties

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