- 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.
Origin of bailiwick
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2. domain, department, sphere, territory, turf.
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Examples from the Web for bailiwick
He does so, hands in his star and rides on, leaving his bailiwick in the condition his patrons wanted.Summers Gave Obama Cover
September 22, 2010
But would she not find me, instead, and drive me out of her bailiwick?Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
Gimpy Gordon scuttled out of my bailiwick almost on a dead run.The Big Fix
George Oliver Smith
You must keep out of her bailiwick if you want to keep her friendship.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor
Annie Fellows Johnston
Meere succeeded at the assizes in sustaining his right to the bailiwick.Sir Walter Ralegh
Out of my bailiwick, cried the doctor—way out of my bailiwick.The Doctor's Red Lamp
- law the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
- a person's special field of interest, authority, or skill
C15: from baili(e) + wick ²
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Word Origin and History for bailiwick
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