Meaning of “smokestack industry” in the English Dictionary

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"smokestack industry" in British English

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smokestack industrynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsməʊk.stæk ˌɪn.də.stri/ us /ˈsmoʊk.stæk ˌɪn.də.stri/ mainly US

a traditional industry that produces large machines or materials used in other industries and creates pollution in doing so:

There's been a steady decline in smokestack industries such as shipbuilding and steel.

(Definition of “smokestack industry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smokestack industry" in Business English

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smokestack industrynoun [ C ]

uk us

PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES an industry involved in making things using processes that burn a lot of coal or oil and produce a lot of pollution:

Unlike old smokestack industries that stagnated in the 1970s and 1980s, the tech field is strong and diverse.
The transition from the smokestack industries of the past has been painful, but necessary.

(Definition of “smokestack industry” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)