“I'm driving through a rough part of town.”

English Lesson: I'm driving through a rough part of town.

You're in your car driving and talking to your friend on the telephone. She comments that she hears a siren in the background. You explain that you're driving through an area with a lot of crime.

I'm driving through a rough part of town.

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drive through (a city or neighborhood)

When you're in an area and driving to a different place, you can say that you're "driving through" that area:

I was driving through New York on my way to Boston.

a rough part of town

A "rough" neighborhood or a "rough part of town" is an area where there is often a lot of crime like robberies and murders:

A: He's living on the South side.

B: Really? That's a rough part of town, isn't it?

You can sometimes tell that a neighborhood is rough when there are a lot of old, worn-out buildings.

Other things that you can describe as "rough" in the same way include:

She lived a rough life.

I heard he had a rough childhood.

Thay place attracts a pretty rough crowd.