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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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be set in concrete

To be definitely and permanently decided or planned. We might get brunch next weekend, but nothing is set in concrete yet.
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set in concrete

If a plan is set in concrete, it is fixed and cannot be changed. With expenditure plans now set in concrete for three years, slower growth would mean higher taxes. Note: You can also say that a plan is cast in concrete. But the sale conditions must be cast in concrete.
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be set in concrete

(of a policy or idea) be fixed and unalterable.
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The curved profile of the concrete causes persistent saturation at the eaves, slender concrete beams have sagged, and the building's slender 'swimming-stair' was recently damaged by the force of flood water in the stream below.
The ordering of the structure, together with the layering of concrete finishes, presents a clarity which describes the way the building was built.
Poor quality of concrete, workmanship and detailing have led to problems extremely difficult to rectify 'conservatively'.
For engineers, the truck that delivers treats to their neighborhood is the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Mobile Concrete Laboratory.
To bridge the gap between research and implementation, FHWA launched the Mobile Concrete Laboratory-a state-of-the-art concrete testing facility on wheels.
Previous studies have investigated the steel corrosion in reinforced concrete in detail; however, most studies are carried out under common environment.
To achieve this objective, ordinary, air entrained, and waterproofing concrete were first prepared, and different freeze-thaw cycles were subsequently applied in concrete specimens.
Compression tests were performed at the age of 28 days on specimens made of Reference Concrete and three types of Ceramic Waste Concretes i.
78 MPa) as base value it is analyzed that the compressive strength of Ceramic Waste Concretes i.
More research is needed to examine the effect of RCA moisture condition on the properties of fresh and hardened concretes.
2011) reported that the difference in the splitting tensile strength between NCA and RCA concretes is high when they are cured in the outer environment.
It contains detailed historic and forecast market value data for the concrete and cement market and its categories (cement clinker, factory-made mortars, portland cement, refractory cements, mortars & concretes, other hydraulic cements, ready-mixed concrete and prefabricated structural components), including data by domestic production, supply balance, existing stock, imports and exports.
Historic and forecast market values for the concrete and cement market and its categories (cement clinker, factory-made mortars, portland cement, refractory cements, mortars & concretes, other hydraulic cements, ready-mixed concrete and prefabricated structural components) for the period 2007 through to 2016
The degradation of concrete structures due to the ingress of salts like chlorides is of obvious importance in civil engineering.
Chloride can be introduced into concrete via internal sources (from cement, aggregate, water and admixture system) and external sources (from environment).