Rust Belt

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Rust Belt

  1. (informal) A region straddling the Northeastern and East North Central United States that has undergone economic decline and population loss due to the shrinking of its once powerful industrial sector.


Rust Belt ‎(plural Rust Belts)

  1. An industrial region in decline.
    • 1991, D. C. B. Lieven, The Soviet Crisis, Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism, p 26:
      The government in Kiev would also have to cope with Europe’s greatest swathe of rust-belt mines and industries.