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outback

[noun out-bak; adjective, adverb out-bak] /noun ˈaʊtˌbæk; adjective, adverb ˈaʊtˈbæk/ Australian
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the back country or remote settlements; the bush (usually preceded by the).
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or located in the back country:
outback settlements.
adverb
3.
in or to the back country:
They moved outback many years ago.
Origin of outback
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; out + back2
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  • I can imagine some stockman in the outback taking umbrage at a kangaroo asserting its equality.

British Dictionary definitions for outback

outback

/ˈaʊtˌbæk/
noun
1.
  1. the remote bush country of Australia
  2. (as modifier): outback life
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Word Origin and History for outback
n.

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

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