[noun out-bak; adjective, adverb out-bak]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
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Examples from the Web for outback
His big break came in 1992 when an aging cardinal plucked him from his outback and persuaded the Vatican to make him a bishop.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
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The couple will leave George in Canberra to travel to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in the Outback.Kate, William and George’s Tour of Australasia, Key Dates
March 20, 2014
She was cast into the limelight as a contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback in 2001.Jenny McCarthy Vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck: How ‘The View’ Hosts Compare
July 16, 2013
In the wake of this news, 10 tidbits on the dogs who roam the outback.
Dingoes are unique to Australia and can be found in the outback.
I can imagine some stockman in the outback taking umbrage at a kangaroo asserting its equality.And Then the Town Took Off
- the remote bush country of Australia
- (as modifier)outback life
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Word Origin and History for outback
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