boom town

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boom town (plural boom towns)

  1. A town that experienced (or is experiencing) a period of rapid growth due to some temporary activity.
    • 1981, Jerry Dammers (lyrics and music), “Ghost Town”, performed by The Specials:
      Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town? / We danced and sang, and the music played in a de boomtown
    • 1986 August 22, Nicholas D. Kristof, “Hot Spot in Sun Belt: Boom Town for Gambling”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      But, as in other boom towns, growth creates problems and doubts about how long it can be sustained. Water supplies are limited and the lack of experienced casino employees could make it easier for cheaters to bilk casinos, whether at blackjack tables or by rigging slot machines.

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