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[out-skurt] /ˈaʊtˌskɜrt/
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.
Usually, outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like:
the outskirts of respectability.
Origin of outskirt
First recorded in 1590-1600; out- + skirt Unabridged
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  • The roads and the outskirts of the wood were watched almost constantly.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • In silence they took their way through the outskirts of the town.

  • Once over the top of that hill, he runs into the bush on the outskirts of the village.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Soon they were moving at a slower pace through the outskirts of Rouen.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • December 16, 1903, was spent by three of us in a rest-house on the outskirts of a Hindu town.

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    Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for outskirts


plural noun
(sometimes sing) outlying or bordering areas, districts, etc, as of a city
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Word Origin and History for outskirts



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

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