borscht belt


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borscht belt

or Borscht Belt
n. Informal
The predominantly Jewish resort hotels of the Catskill Mountains. Also called borscht circuit.

[From the popularity of borscht, in the cuisine of these hotels.]
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Noun1.borscht belt - (informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests; "many comedians learned their trade playing the borscht circuit"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
playground, resort area, vacation spot - an area where many people go for recreation
Catskill Mountains, Catskills - a range of the Appalachians to the west of the Hudson in southeastern New York; includes many popular resort areas
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