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smokestack industry

noun [C] uk   mainly US 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.
Translations of “smokestack industry”
in Chinese (Traditional) 煙囪工業,(傳統的污染嚴重的)重工業…
in Chinese (Simplified) 烟囱工业,(传统的污染严重的)重工业…
(Definition of smokestack industry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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