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Definition of cardboard city noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cardboard city

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noun
BrE BrE//ˌkɑːdbɔːd ˈsɪti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːrdbɔːrd ˈsɪti//
 
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an area of a city where people who have nowhere to live sleep outside, protected only by cardboard boxes