tobacco road

noun, often capitalized T&R

Definition of tobacco road

: a squalid poverty-stricken rural area or community

First Known Use of tobacco road

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tobacco road

from Tobacco Road, novel (1932) by Erskine Caldwell and play (1933) by Jack Kirkland †1969 American playwright

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