rust belt


often capitalized R&B
: the northeastern and midwestern states of the U.S. in which heavy industry has declined

called also rust bowl

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This town called Millwood, which is a less affluent town, is a rust belt town down on its luck. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2022 Straight Man centers on William Henry Devereaux Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt who is going through a midlife crisis. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 Straight Man is the midlife crisis story of William Henry Deveraux Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chair of the English department at Railton College, a badly underfunded school in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 It is described a mid-life crisis tale set at Railton College, told in the first person by William Henry Devereaux, Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Joe Otterson, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 China’s rust belt, in the northeast, saw its population drop by 1.2 percent in the past decade, according to census figures released on Tuesday. New York Times, 22 May 2021 Birth rates in the three rust belt northeastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, for example, are the lowest in China at barely half the national average of 1.69 children per woman. Time, 2 Mar. 2021 Individuals, families, and employers located in three rust belt states — Wisconsin, Illinois, and Pennsylvania — also have Democratic governors who are calling on their state legislatures to enact billions of dollars in higher state taxes in 2021. Patrick Gleason, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 In addition, Trump flipped rust belt icon Erie County, capturing a prize that went to Obama by 19,000 votes by 2012. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rust belt was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Rust belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 5 Aug 2022

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