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[noun out-bak; adjective, adverb out-bak] /noun ˈaʊtˌbæk; adjective, adverb ˈaʊtˈbæk/ Australian
(sometimes initial capital letter) the back country or remote settlements; the bush (usually preceded by the).
of, relating to, or located in the back country:
outback settlements.
in or to the back country:
They moved outback many years ago.
Origin of outback
First recorded in 1875-80; out + back2 Unabridged
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  • Then it's better to take him out back of the barn and shoot him, by Gad!

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • When he did he took Jonadab and me by the arm and led us out back of the barn.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • out back was a stable and goosb'ry bushes and a truck garden.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Barellan, and out back, were having a tussle behind the leading pair.

    The Sweep Winner Nat Gould
  • I found that out back there at Culebra when he was working with me.

British Dictionary definitions for out back


  1. the remote bush country of Australia
  2. (as modifier): outback life
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Word Origin and History for out back



"back-country, interior regions of Australia," 1907, Australian English, originally an adverb, "out in the back settlements" (1878), from out + back (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with out back

out back

see under out front
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