A poor area or estate within a city or town, accociated with gangs and crime. Term seems to stem from African-American slang although it has crossed over into mainstream language through the media.
Doughboy (complaining about TV news coverage):
"Either they don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the hood. They had all this foreign shit. They didn't have shit on my brother, man." - from the 1991 John Singleton movie, "Boyz n the Hood"