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shadow citynoun [C]

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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 ​temporarystructures made of wood, cloth, ​plastic, etc.: Thousands of displaced ​peopleflooded in from the ​ruralareas, ​forming a ​shadow city that ​stretched along the river.
(Definition of shadow city from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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