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borderland

[bawr-der-land] /ˈbɔr dərˌlænd/
noun
1.
land forming a border or frontier.
2.
an uncertain, intermediate district, space, or condition.
Origin of borderland
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; border + land
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  • Let me see you win your spurs here in the borderland, and then—to America you go!'

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • And if ever he did get beyond the borderland he would do the most amazing things.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • I asked somewhat hazily, for I was still on the borderland of dreams.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • They stood encamped on the borderland of the Unknown realm to which they belonged.

    The White Invaders Raymond King Cummings
  • He was on the borderland between life and death, his feet were at the brink.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • He followed Sterne also in driving the sensuous to the borderland of the sensual.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for borderland

borderland

/ˈbɔːdəˌlænd/
noun
1.
land located on or near a frontier or boundary
2.
an indeterminate region: the borderland between intellect and intelligence
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