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concrete jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. After years living in that concrete jungle, I'm looking forward to being in a place with a bit of grass and friendly neighbors.
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be cast in concrete

To be firmly or permanently established; to be unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's cast in concrete before we know exactly what it will do.
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cast in concrete

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until it's cast in concrete before we know exactly what it will do.
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set (something) in concrete

To establish something firmly or permanently; to make something unalterable or not subject to change. The healthcare law looks promising, but we'll have to wait until Congress sets it in concrete before we know exactly what it will do.
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set in concrete

firmly established and very difficult to change set in stone The basics of the financial plan are set in concrete.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form written in concrete: Nothing is written in concrete – we can still make changes.
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be set in concrete

if an arrangement, a plan or a rule is set in concrete, it is completely fixed so that it cannot be changed (usually negative) We've drawn up some rough guidelines - they're by no means set in concrete.
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A spokesman for the foreign ministry later the same day confirmed that France, a long-term opponent of Turkish EU accession, has had a change of heart, but pointed out Paris also expects Ankara to "contribute concretely to this dynamic.
The papers consider how ideologies of power are manifested concretely in public structures and displays and how they articulate definitions of social value.
Concretely, the involved countries are called upon dedicate 1% of the budget devoted to water resources on the local and regional level for the creation of sanitation projects and drinkable water.
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The trial is not completed yet, this is why the National Commission said it can not name anyone concretely as guilty of the tragic events in the south of the country.
However, Kosovo's Ministry has still not responded how this initiative will be concretely realized, said Bekim Lamalari from the Health Ministry.
Washington, July 21 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the confidence a consumer feels when making a choice might depend on whether he/she's thinking concretely or abstractly.
There concretely exists a serious campaign to sabotage the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Among other things, the 11 chapters explain that young children think both concretely and abstractly, a notion largely ignored in current curricula, and that students' implicit pre-schooling knowledge of the natural world plays a critical role in their science learning.