Definition of rust belt in English:

rust belt


North American
  • [often as modifier] A part of a country characterized by declining industry and a falling population, especially in the American Midwest and NE states.

    ‘a rust-belt town’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Midwest and in the rust belt they're going to be very upset about people making sneakers in very poor countries.’
    • ‘I suppose my point is that the potential is there for dozens of regional ethanol plants in the rust-belt towns and states of Australia to be built.’
    • ‘Those in the Midwest's rust belt have been hit hard by job losses, particularly in well-paying manufacturing jobs.’
    • ‘Another corporate drama is playing out on the great rust belt stage here in the Midwest.’
    • ‘Christmas has come early for local TV stations in the capital of America's industrial rust belt.’
    • ‘As those industries declined, the upper Midwest became known as the rust belt.’
    • ‘From the streets of rust-belt cities such as Harbin, it may look like a mighty challenge - but it's one that China and its leaders can't afford to ignore.’
    • ‘Buffalo has a legacy of dreams gone sour, and even today, surrounded by the horn of American plenty, we are still very much the rust belt.’
    • ‘The Dabrowa Gornicza steel plant near Katowice, Poland, is a cathedral of Soviet-era rust belt industry.’
    • ‘The deindustrialization of these rust-belt cities, and the resulting economic impact on workers' lives, is one of the recurring themes of his poetry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He attempted to elaborate on the theme of the downsized economy where Roger and Me left off, but the book's description of a rust-belt dystopia of pink slips and unemployment checks was out of date way before it hit the bookstores.’
    • ‘Already, in the rust-belt cities of China's north-east, there are hundreds of thousands of illegal refugees from North Korea.’
    • ‘‘Steeltown’ details the vanishing machine politics of a decaying rust-belt town.’
    • ‘The state, in an effort to transform an area dependent on government bureaucracy and rust-belt industry into another Silicon Valley, has invested hundreds of millions already in the Albany Nanotech campus.’
    • ‘Maria and the other woman tending bar both have rust-belt accents.’
    • ‘More and more rust-belt companies in Eastern Europe are realizing the benefits of going green.’
    • ‘The darkest red areas are the opposite: heavily industrialized northeast France (including Lille) with high industrial unemployment, communist labor unions and rust-belt industries.’
    • ‘Young people are leaving and rust-belt cities such as Eisenhuettenstadt and Wittenberge are shrinking and ageing rapidly.’


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