Wrong Side of the Tracks

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Poor side of the town, the side of town that is dangerous

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  • In the 19th century, the train tracks were present that separated the towns into rich and poor portions. The neighborhoods were built on that side of town where the smoke of the trains didn’t reach. Thus, the expression “wrong side of the tracks” was used to refer to the side of the town that lacked in facilities and economically unstable.
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People from the wrong side of the tracks really know what life is really like.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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wrong side of the tracksMay refer to area where the working class, poor or extremely poor live.
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