Definition of the wrong side of the tracks in English:

the wrong side of the tracks

phrase

informal
  • A poor or less prestigious part of town.

    ‘a former bad kid from the wrong side of the tracks’
    • ‘He is a country boy from the wrong side of the tracks, while she is a city gal with a pedigree.’
    • ‘But you get no help if you come from the lower social classes, from the wrong side of the tracks.’
    • ‘But I questioned how sharp this guy was with some of the unbelievably bad choices he makes that land him back on the wrong side of the tracks in young adulthood.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the mother, who has become a star of the stage, unwittingly meets her orphan son on one of her frequent trips to the wrong side of the tracks to provide charity to poor children.’
    • ‘For he was a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who could so easily have become another grim statistic, whether in jail or the morgue.’
    • ‘Growing up with a mixed-race mother on the wrong side of the tracks in Seattle, she also has enough experience of grim reality that she never seems to run out of pain.’
    • ‘This is a woman who admits she's from the wrong side of the tracks.’
    • ‘It's an American story about a kid who, you know, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.’
    • ‘She is from the wrong side of the tracks, but her beauty has allowed her to marry into 19th century Berlin society.’
    • ‘Over the 20th century blacks in larger towns found themselves increasingly forced to live on the wrong side of the tracks.’