Definition of cardboard city in English:

cardboard city


  • An urban area where homeless people congregate under makeshift shelters made from cardboard boxes.

    • ‘We are thrilled to be getting rid of our cardboard city, it was an appalling situation for pupils and teachers.’
    • ‘And that's when people stopped giving money to the lady, as she looked too well dressed to be residing in cardboard city.’
    • ‘In the meantime, Sydney is becoming a cardboard city.’
    • ‘Remember cardboard city, and streets lined with beggars?’


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