Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 19, 2004
In Reply to: Sink estate, (The phrase shows up in a search but...) posted by abe on June 18, 2004
: The phrase "sink estate" shows up in a search but there really isn't much information. Does the phrase refer to poor housing conditions or poor employment or more generally poor socio-economic status? Is it purely slang? What would a government report call persons in the "sink estates"?
Looks like "sink estates" refer to the crime infested, squalid parts of a city---the other side of the tracks.
I could not find a definition per se but if you peruse the links provided below you can get an idea of what the phrase means.