the burbs

plural noun

Definition of the burbs

US, informal
: the area around a city in which many people live : the suburbs They bought a house in the burbs.

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“The burbs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20burbs. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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