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outskirt

[out-skurt] /ˈaʊtˌskɜrt/
noun
1.
Often, outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like:
to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.
2.
Usually, outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like:
the outskirts of respectability.
Origin of outskirt
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; out- + skirt
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n.

"outer border," 1590s, from out + skirt (n.). Now only in plural, outskirts. Originally in Spenser.

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