n. often slums
A heavily populated urban area characterized by substandard housing and squalor: grew up in a slum near downtown; lived in the slums by the river.
intr.v. slummed, slum·ming, slumsIdiom:
To visit impoverished areas or squalid locales, especially out of curiosity or for amusement.
To endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to.
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