- a sparsely populated rural region remote from a settled area.
- Australian. a remote, undeveloped part of a large farm or cattle station.
Origin of back country
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for back country
Odd religious sects and strange "isms" were to be found in the back-country.Union and Democracy
As to the back-country settlements, the House of Burgesses should have provided for them.A Virginia Scout
"Oh, they are only back-country folk," said Lambert, rather impatiently.Hans Brinker
Mary Mapes Dodge
She had said she was going away, and she did not like going away from the back-country.The Black Opal
Katharine Susannah Prichard
There is a story of a clergyman coming to a back-country station in Australia during the agony of a great drought.Problems of the Pacific
- Australian and NZ land remote from a town or settled area
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