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heartland

noun [C]     /ˈhɑːtlænd/ (also heartlands [plural])
POLITICS an area where a large number of people support a particular political party and vote for it in an election: Turnouts were as low as 14% in parts of the so-called heartland. the Labour/Tory/Republican heartland(s)
an area where a particular industry is very important: heartland of sth Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have become Europe's new heartland of carmaking investment.agricultural/industrial/commercial heartland(s) At the center of India's industrial heartland, the hoped-for flood of jobs has not yet come.
(Definition of heartland noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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