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My prefix will shut you down,

my suffix a common noun.

My infix desirable to fit in a gown,

I am what you might find in a ghost town.

What am I?

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Are you

nothing?

My prefix will shut you down,

NO

my suffix a common noun.

a THING

My infix desirable to fit in a gown,

THIN

I am what you might find in a ghost town.

You might find NOTHING in a ghost town.

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  • $\begingroup$ Damn, sniped again. $\endgroup$ – Rick van Osta Aug 17 '18 at 12:22
  • $\begingroup$ A little to obvious? :) $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 17 '18 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ The "ghost town" clue gave it away for me, after that the hardest part was finding how the infix fit. Great puzzle though! :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 17 '18 at 12:45
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I know there's already an accepted answer. I'd like to point out that another is possible that (to my mind) works almost exactly equally well.

It's

NOBODY

and its parts are

NO (same as for NOTHING), BOD (instead of THIN; a little too slangy for my taste but is indeed a desirable thing to fit into a gown), BODY (a common noun, about as much so as THING)

and of course

a ghost town contains NOBODY much more literally than it contains NOTHING (it presumably still has buildings, for instance; what makes it a ghost town is precisely the absence of (living) bodies.

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this answer too! (+1) from me :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 17 '18 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ Another great answer! $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 17 '18 at 13:26

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