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backyard

[bak-yahrd]
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noun
  1. the portion of a lot or building site behind a house, structure, or the like, sometimes fenced, walled, etc.
  2. a familiar or nearby area; neighborhood.
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Origin of backyard

First recorded in 1650–60; back1 + yard2
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British Dictionary definitions for back yard

back yard

noun
  1. a yard at the back of a house, etc
  2. in one's own back yard
    1. close at hand
    2. involving or implicating oneSee NIMBY
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Word Origin and History for back yard

backyard

n.

also back-yard, 1650s (perhaps early 15c.), from back (adj.) + yard (n.1).

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