the other side of the tracks


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the other side of the tracks

A part of a town or city that is particularly impoverished (and usually dangerous or undesirable as a result). I was always looked down on as a kid because I grew up on the other side of the tracks. His mother didn't want him dating anyone from the other side of the tracks.
See also: of, other, side, track

other side of the tracks

 and wrong side of the tracks
the poor part of a town or city. He was a rich boy, and she was a girl from the other side of the tracks. You don't want to buy a house in that neighborhood. It's on the wrong side of the tracks.
See also: of, other, side, track
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When we were boys, we knew where some special orange trees were with sweet, sweet oranges on the other side of the tracks,'' he said.