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old country

the original home country of an immigrant or a person's ancestors, especially a European country.
Origin of old country
First recorded in 1775-85
Related forms
old-country, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So you see that we are pretty smart out here, and not a long way behind the old country after all.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • Who said the United States was different from the old country?

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • I guess it ain't any worse to hold church fairs in this country than it is to have the outrageous goings on in the old country.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • I am familiar with your name, having some relatives of the same in the old country.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • You sing some old country songs pretty well yourself, William.

British Dictionary definitions for old country

old country

the country of origin of an immigrant or an immigrant's ancestors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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