Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A town or community which has acquired sudden wealth and notoriety through land speculation, etc.; also, a town which originated in a real estate ‘boom.’

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Examples

  • She belongs to a boom-town that defines itself in terms of property, "when if you wanted your kitchen tiled and we wanted little else, you had to fly the workman in from England, and put him up in a hotel".

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  • Deadwood: This HBO wild-west anarchy drama, which ran, sadly, for far too few episodes, featured stellar performances (most notably, Ian McShane as the cynical boom-town overlord) and jaw-droppingly dense dialogue, almost Shakespearean in its tone and style.

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  • But the Carver men, older and married, usually left the boom-town entertainments behind to drive fifty miles through the arid foothills and sleep at home.

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  • On both counts, the Mountjoys were on the outskirts of respectability -- a bit too close to low life and the theatrical subculture, "the great growth-industries of leisure and pleasure which give Jacobean London its rackety boom-town aura."

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  • By 1890, local government owed $900,000,000.33 No wonder that a reaction set in against this aspect of boom-town psychology.

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  • Instead of unfettered boom-town growth, you'll see managed living conditions in order to facilitate quick production.

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  • These verbs have entered into the very fibre of the American vulgate, and so have many nouns derived from them, e. g., boomer, boom-town, bouncer, kicker, kick, splurge, roller-coaster.

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  • Anacortes (once a port of vast pretentions), was, at this time, a boom-town in decay, and Burton whom I had not seen for ten years, seemed equally forlorn.

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  • "It's the old boom-town syndrome," says Charles Groat says, professor of energy and mineral resources at the University of Texas in Austin.

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  • In recent years, environmental groups have found they can slow down the boom-town pace of drilling by challenging those leases, as a way of protecting special places.

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