small town

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See also: smalltown and small-town


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small town (plural small towns)

  1. A small (generally rural) town.
    • 1891, Emily Dickinson, “I went to heaven”, in T. W. Higginson; M. L. Todd, editors, Poems by Emily Dickinson, Second Series, Boston: Roberts Brothers, page 196:
      I went to heaven,– / ’T was a small town, / Lit with a ruby, / Lathed with down.
    • 1990, Lou Reed & John Cale (lyrics and music), “Smalltown”, in Songs for Drella:
      There's only one good use for a small town / You hate it—and you know you'll have to leave