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"smokestack industry" in British English

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smokestack industrynoun [C]

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a ​traditionalindustry that ​produceslargemachines or ​materials used in other ​industries and ​creates pollution in doing so: There's been a ​steadydecline in ​smokestackindustries 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 ​smokestackindustries that ​stagnated in the 1970s and 1980s, the ​techfield is ​strong and diverse. The ​transition from the ​smokestackindustries of the past has been painful, but necessary.
(Definition of smokestack industry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “smokestack industry”
in Chinese (Simplified) 烟囱工业,(传统的污染严重的)重工业…
in Chinese (Traditional) 煙囪工業,(傳統的污染嚴重的)重工業…
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