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cardboard city

An area heavily populated by homeless people (who sometimes use cardboard for warmth or makeshift shelter). Our local government does little to help the cardboard city, and it just keeps growing in size.
See also: city

cardboard city

an area of a large city where many people without a home sleep outside
Usage notes: Cardboard is a type of thick, stiff paper used to make the type of boxes that people living outside sometimes sleep in to keep warm.
Young people come to the capital full of hope and end up in cardboard city.
See also: city
References in classic literature ?
One juryman after another took the cardboard and the glass and made the comparison.
He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet of note-paper.
Jupiter was clad in a coat of mail, covered with black velvet, with gilt nails; and had it not been for the rouge, and the huge red beard, each of which covered one-half of his face,--had it not been for the roll of gilded cardboard, spangled, and all bristling with strips of tinsel, which he held in his hand, and in which the eyes of the initiated easily recognized thunderbolts,--had not his feet been flesh-colored, and banded with ribbons in Greek fashion, he might have borne comparison, so far as the severity of his mien was concerned, with a Breton archer from the guard of Monsieur de Berry.
One of them, which had arrived too late for the funeral, lay in its cardboard box on the hall-table.
Yes, and he made me a cardboard helmet, and a little wooden sword--I remember
He drew a small piece of cardboard from his pocket.
The floor of the stage consisted of smooth boards, at the sides was some painted cardboard representing trees, and at the back was a cloth stretched over boards.
But instead of settling down to think, he rose, took a small piece of cardboard marked in large letters with the word OUT, and hung it upon the handle of his door.
There were a great many arm-chairs and settees covered in brown holland, but each of these was occupied by a large square piece of yellow cardboard, and all the pieces of cardboard were dotted or lined with spots or dashes of bright oil paint.
And back of the trees were rows of cardboard houses, painted in various colors but most of them having green blinds.
Trent stooped forward and picked up what seemed to him at first to be a piece of cardboard from the ground.
He saw open pasture country, intersected with wooded canons, descending to the south and west from his feet, crease on crease and roll on roll, from lower level to lower level, to the floor of Petaluma Valley, flat as a billiard-table, a cardboard affair, all patches and squares of geometrical regularity where the fat freeholds were farmed.
Trees, painted on flat cardboard and stuck up on each side of the stage, we accept as a forest.
She had not noticed his entrance, being busy with one other customer, an urchin of six or seven who gravely analyzed his desires before the show-case wherein truly generous and marvellous candy creations reposed under a cardboard announcement, "Five for Five Cents.
The second cupboard revealed (in the upper division of it) some really beautiful cameos--not mounted, but laid on cotton-wool in neat cardboard trays.