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concrete jungle

many buildings, few trees


concrete jungle = die Betonwüste --- GOOGLE INDEX concrete jungle: approximately 4,500,000 Google hits



In Lebanon however, there are specific challenges to applying environmental standards originally conceived in the U.S. to the CONCRETE JUNGLE that is Beirut.

The Daily Star, Lebanon)

Urban Gardening for Dummies is full of good advice for folks who want the country life in the midst of a CONCRETE JUNGLE.

(Christian Science Monitor)

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concrete jungle
noun phrase, slang

- an ugly grey area of a city where people live in closely crowded apartment buildings and there is little space and no trees or grass

(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

Apart from describing land that is densely overgrown with tropical vegetation such as is common in places like Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, jungle is also used in several figurative ways:

- a dense, confused mass; a jumble

- something made up of many confused elements; a bewildering complex or maze

- a place or milieu characterized by intense, often ruthless competition or struggle for survival

Large cities such as New York can essentially be described as a combination of all of these things. And because such cities consist predominately of tall buildings, "concrete jungle" serves as an extremely vivid way to describe huge metropolises in general.

Although the origin of the term is unknown, reggae legend Bob Marley contributed to its popularity through a same-named song (Life must be somewhere to be found / out there somewhere out there for me / instead of concrete jungle).

The expression is also heard as "asphalt jungle," which is also the title of a 1950 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Marilyn Monroe.

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"He left the concrete jungle and moved to the countryside."

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