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ghost town

A town that has become permanently devoid of inhabitants, typically due to the disappearance of business or economic opportunities. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. The town rose up fast and furiously as prospectors flooded the area in search of gold, but when the last of the precious minerals was gone, those same people were as fast to depart, leaving a creaking old ghost town in their wake.
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ghost town

A once thriving town that has been completely abandoned, as in Many of the old mining communities are ghost towns now. This idiom implies that there are no living people left in town. [First half of 1900s]
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There were no jobs to be found in this country, which is a line from Ghost Town.
It will be a ghost town, but I'm sure the pubs will be full - hopefully we can get back and be celebrating with them.
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If you are going to Ghost Town, it's because you have a purpose: Either you are going to buy drugs or you are going to visit someone you know there," Los Angeles police Cmdr.
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Today, the area is a grim ghost town of abandoned, Soviet-style block buildings overgrown with trees.
Shot in infrared mode, this video turns the area into a strangely light, black-and-white ghost town largely devoid of people.
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