from/on the wrong side of the tracks

from the wrong side of the tracks

From 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 was from the wrong side of the tracks. His mother didn't want him dating anyone from the wrong side of the tracks.
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on the wrong side of the tracks

In a part of a town or city that is particularly impoverished (and usually dangerous or undesirable as a result). His mother constantly warned him about spending time on the wrong side of the tracks.
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from the wrong side of the tracks

If someone comes from the wrong side of the tracks, they come from a poor or unfashionable area of town. I know kids back home who come from the wrong side of the tracks. When they go to school, they haven't eaten and their clothes are all torn. Note: Railway tracks sometimes mark boundaries between different parts of a town, for example between richer and poorer areas.
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from/on the ˌwrong side of the ˈtracks

(informal) from or living in a poor area or part of town: She married a man from the wrong side of the tracks.
See also: of, on, side, track, wrong
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