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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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The students' interest in expository science texts was studied from the perspective of concreteness, familiarity, sentence and word length, and terms and symbols.
This difference in concreteness also characterizes the exhibits of the stanzas of the two poems.
The fastidious Gray, indeed, might even have been offended by a few of Zukovskij's contributions to concreteness in his own additions to the poem: "I potom ix lica kropilasja zemlja
Such concreteness renders many Americans, especially the
Trusting to the recovery of concreteness promised by phenomenological method, Casey's two books provide a remarkable scholarly tour de force of multiple aspects of our interactions with the "place world.
Serious programs and agendas should begin with the concreteness of the hopes and desires of ordinary people.
Not only does the concreteness and picturesqueness of language serve symbolic ends, but the expressive forms can also provide glimpses of the human spirit in its highest aspirations.
And the scores that one Bush registered on the concreteness, activity, and positivity scales all fell close to the other Bush's scores.
John of the Cross, whose Cantico espiritual was one of his wellsprings, Aridjis strives to transcend image, that is, to surpass the limiting, earthbound concreteness of the objects suggested by words.
This is an example of Whitehead's fallacy of misplaced concreteness.
The deliberations have been lacking concreteness and depth.
While O'Connor declared that there was an underlying unity in her work that derived from her Catholic point of view, she turned toward Protestantism, Kilcourse argues, for its refreshing concreteness alongside the abstract bent of Catholic philosophy and theology.
In identifying "racing thoughts," for example, the developmentally apt concreteness of children should be kept in mind.
When compared to literature, which can be evocative or poetic, etc, the concreteness of a single image is a barrier.