rust belt

noun, often capitalized R&B

Definition of rust belt

: the northeastern and midwestern states of the U.S. in which heavy industry has declined

called also rust bowl

Examples of rust belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 His coup was taking 56 of 67 counties, sweeping the rural and rust belt corridors, by 58.3% to 41.7%, amassing 250,000 more votes outside the cities and major suburbs than Romney captured four years earlier. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2020 In 2016, working class voters in the rust belt handed Trump the presidency, which the New York Times dubbed the Obama-Trump Voter. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, 14 Oct. 2020 Now the Democrats ran up the popular vote with lopsided victories in a handful of very liberal high-population states while falling just short of carrying a handful of more culturally conservative states in the rust belt and upper Midwest. Damon Linker, TheWeek, 15 Sep. 2020 It’s nature carved out of rust belt, Midwest grittiness. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rust belt

1982, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2021

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“Rust belt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rust%20belt. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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