Meaning of “shadow city” in the English Dictionary

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"shadow city" in Business English

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shadow citynoun [ C ]

uk us

an area of a city that a very large number of people who have travelled there to work are living , and the places that they live in, which are not usually houses but temporary structures made of wood, cloth, plastic, etc.:

Thousands of displaced people flooded in from the rural areas, forming a shadow city that stretched along the river.

(Definition of “shadow city” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)