suburban sprawl

noun

Definition of suburban sprawl 

: the spreading of developments (such as housing developments and shopping centers) into suburban or rural areas : urban sprawl It's easy to decry suburban sprawl, McMansions sprouting in farm fields, and forests being bulldozed for tract houses.— Charles Lindsay, Audubon, September-October 2004

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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