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backwoods

[bak-woo dz] /ˈbækˈwʊdz/
noun
1.
(often used with a singular verb) wooded or partially uncleared and unsettled districts.
2.
any remote or isolated area.
adjective, Also, backwood, backwoodsy
3.
of or relating to the backwoods.
4.
unsophisticated; uncouth.
Origin of backwoods
1700-1710
An Americanism dating back to 1700-10; back1 + wood1 ( def 7 )
Synonyms
2. hinterland, provinces, wilds, woodland; sticks, boondocks, boonies, bush, backwater.
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backwoods

/ˈbækwʊdz/
plural noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) partially cleared, sparsely populated forests
2.
any remote sparsely populated place
3.
(modifier) of, from, or like the backwoods
4.
(modifier) uncouth; rustic
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