One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A state of obscurity.‘a couple of bucks and a one-way ticket to Palookaville’
- ‘After all, the next stop for most stocks on the $5 bus is Palookaville.’
- ‘After its slow beginnings, the looming threat of Palookaville, and then the struggle to avoid mere respectability, the movie stars poll has ended by stepping out into the sunlit uplands alongside the several other polls.’
- ‘You wouldn't wish upon this poll a one-way ticket to Palookaville.’
- ‘Jumping around in the snow like a frivolous retard seems like a good idea, but whenever you combine ice and fun, you end up with a one way ticket to Palookaville.’
- ‘Cook's response is the workmanlike Palookaville.’
- ‘In my North Side neighborhood, people on our block get together and compare some of the crazier tall tales told by junkies looking for their next trip to Palookaville.’
2An economically depressed, working-class community.
- ‘The film opens with the cross-dressing lead singer of the band giving a concert in Palookaville, U.S.A.’
- ‘The inbred fans back in Iowa, Texas, Colorado, Florida, and other primeval Palookavilles of this great country are wearing paper sacks over their heads in shame.’
- ‘He spends about three months a year playing art and music fairs around the country, from all-star birthday tributes in Washington, D.C. to harvest festivals in assorted Palookavilles.’
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