the wrong side of the tracks

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - the wrong side of the tracks

"the wrong side of the tracks"

an unfashionable part of a town considered poor, dangerous and undesirable where those considered socially and culturally inferior live


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the wrong side of the tracks

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: For a kid from the wrong side of the tracks, you sure have done well for yourself.

Colleague 2: Just goes to show that even if you are born in a poor neighborhood with few opportunities that with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Colleague 1: Well, congratulations on your promotion to senior vice-president of sales. I'm sure all the upper-class suits are envious.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the wrong side of the tracks

A couple are talking ...

Wife: The real estate agent says that it will be difficult to sell our house.

Husband: Why is that?

Wife: She says that we are on the wrong side of the tracks.

Husband: That may have been true fifty years ago but this area has become gentrified since then. It is definitely a solid middle-class community with some very good schools and a low crime rate. I think we should get a different real estate agent.

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the wrong side of the tracks - Examples:

1)  She isn't some spoiled rich girl, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who sold herself out for popularity.

2)  ... the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.

3)  That girl from the wrong side of the tracks. The girl who should not have made it out. 

4)  ... sofa is exactly the same as a high-school drop-out from the wrong side of the tracks who will spend the rest of her career working the cash at a supermarket.

5)  If you come from the wrong side of the tracks then your fate is sealed. What a disgrace.

6)  ... a former bad kid from the wrong side of the tracks.

7)  ... that it is a dreadful thing to be born on the wrong side of the tracks.

8)  The wrong side of the tracks Ed Miliband spoke today about his painful and tough upbringing on the wrong side ...

9)  To say that Monroe was born on the wrong side of the tracks is an understatement. She spent her childhood moving in and out of foster homes ...

10)  ... who've triumphed against the odds and have travelled from the wrong side of the tracks to the top of society. But most people will never rise high and fast ...

11)  ... made it possible for a black guy from the wrong side of the tracks to have the great Fred Astaire proclaim him the greatest dancer of the century.

12)  I was unsure of him: he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, had a penchant for loose women and was quick to swing a sword around ...

13)  ... youngster he came to realise he had been born on the wrong side of the tracks and he negotiated his way through an adolescence punctuated by fighting, drinking, and ...

14)  ... he had a pool hall and bowling alley on the wrong side of the tracks, in the crap part of town.

15)  A strong but silent youth from the wrong side of the tracks who, when provoked, unleashes his fists of fury!

16)  Riley is an innocent from the wrong side of the tracks in love since childhood with the above his station Nadine.

17)  In Dragon Age II, Lowtown qualifies as the wrong side of the tracks, being the former slave quarter of the city.

18)  Ponyboy is a greaser, from the wrong side of the tracks; he runs afoul of the upper-class Socs, leading to an epic rumble between ...

19)  It reminds me of how young girls "from the wrong side of the tracks" have historically been targets for sexual abuse. Power and money win! 

20)  It's always easier to blame people from the wrong side of the tracks: Official statistics show that migrants commit most of the crimes in some coastal cities.