asphalt jungle


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asphalt jungle

n.
The modern city, especially when characterized as congested and crime-ridden.

as′phalt jun′gle


n.
a crowded urban area regarded as a dangerous place where people struggle constantly for survival.
[1915–20, Amer.]
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When the famed jeweler turns its gaze to the city, it reimagines the asphalt jungle as an Art Deco fantasy, suggesting a skyscraper glinting in the sunlight.
The Asphalt Jungle - 1950 Directed by John Huston, this tale of backstabbing thieves is a pulsequickening look at moral corruption.
When Marilyn Monroe's first film was shown here (The Asphalt Jungle in 1950) a columnist actually wrote 'How much like our Diana Dors she is.
In its place is a rumbling, noisy asphalt jungle named Mindanao Avenue.
Years removed from that asphalt jungle, I still have no idea why those bullies would call me a "tool.
They either don't want to know or have no idea of the sordid baseness of the asphalt jungle in town or city life.
In 1986, MGM sold the rights in The Asphalt Jungle to Turner Entertainment Co.
Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) drew attention.
The threat is dire and regularly used in the asphalt jungle to convey to the other side the frightening import of the persona.
The use of the jukebox in the denouement of The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is one example.
Ray Massey of the UK's Daily Mail newspaper called it, "A big beast of the asphalt jungle - a family car for the Porsche fan who's 'grown up' and has acquired responsibilities.