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wasteland

noun uk   /ˈweɪst.lænd/ us  
[C or U] an empty area of land, especially in or near a city, that is not used to grow crops or built on, or used in any way: The car was dumped in a stretch of wasteland in the south of the city. [S] literary disapproving a place, time, or situation that does not contain or produce anything positive, or that is completely without a particular quality or activity: the spiritual wasteland of the 1980s
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