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wasteland

noun
     
Related topics: Geography
waste‧land [uncountable and countable]
1SG an unattractive area, often with old ruined buildings, factories etc on it
urban/industrial wasteland
the restoration of industrial wasteland
2 a place, situation, or time that has no excitement or interest [= desert]:
The 70s were a cultural wasteland.

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