bailiwick

[ bey-luh-wik ]
/ ˈbeɪ ləˌwɪk /

noun

the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
a person's area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work: to confine suggestions to one's own bailiwick.

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Origin of bailiwick

1425–75; late Middle English, equivalent to baili-bailie + wickwick3

OTHER WORDS FROM bailiwick

sub·bail·i·wick, noun

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bailiwick
/ (ˈbeɪlɪwɪk) /

noun

law the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
a person's special field of interest, authority, or skill

Word Origin for bailiwick

C15: from baili(e) + wick ²
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