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slum

a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding

Slum

An overcrowded, dirty, neglected, unhygienic area of decaying buildings normally inhabited by economically disadvantaged people.

slum

An area within a city characterized by deteriorated buildings, unsanitary conditions, and high population densities.
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'Five shillings,' returned Mr Slum, using his pencil as a toothpick.
Mrs Jarley was not proof against the poet's insinuating manner, and Mr Slum entered the order in a small note-book as a three-and-sixpenny one.
Mrs Jarley was not slow to express her admiration at this happy result, and carried her young friend and pupil to inspect the remaining arrangements within doors, by virtue of which the passage had been already converted into a grove of green-baize hung with the inscription she had already seen (Mr Slum's productions), and a highly ornamented table placed at the upper end for Mrs Jarley herself, at which she was to preside and take the money, in company with his Majesty King George the Third, Mr Grimaldi as clown, Mary Queen of Scots, an anonymous gentleman of the Quaker persuasion, and Mr Pitt holding in his hand a correct model of the bill for the imposition of the window duty.
It now only remained that Mr Slum's compositions should be judiciously distributed; that the pathetic effusions should find their way to all private houses and tradespeople; and that the parody commencing 'If I know'd a donkey,' should be confined to the taverns, and circulated only among the lawyers' clerks and choice spirits of the place.
Its occupants, fleeing from the city, had been attacked and dragged down by a gang of slum dwellers--hoodlums.
No violence had occurred as yet, with the exception of the shooting of a few wire-cutters by the soldiers, but the people of the slums were starving and growing ominously restless.
(2011) observed that, many of the women living in slum are single mothers who have to earn an income themselves.
A three-member probe committee was formed on Saturday to investigate Friday's fire at a slum in the city's Mirpur-7 area that left over 3,000 people homeless.
'We need to draw short-term and long-term plans for the upgrade of slums,' said U Phyo Min Thein, the Yangon Region Chief Minister, at a recently concluded workshop on Slums and Informal Settlements in Yangon Region, and he promised to find ways to provide job opportunities, income, education, and healthcare to slum dwellers.
The chairman said that many areas of the state had been converted to slum zones as a result of poor attitude to planning and urban renewal.
The state aims at turning Egypt into a slum free country by the end of this year.
Summary: The sprawling Dharavi slum in Mumbai became the favourite tourist experience of 2019