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Wild West

noun
  1. the western frontier region of the U.S., before the establishment of stable government.
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Origin of Wild West

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Historical Examples of wild west

  • Is your charming cousin about to entertain us with a bit of wild-West melodrama, Vernie?

    The Fifth Ace

    Douglas Grant

  • Allowing for nickel-show and Wild-West suggestions, there remains a touch of a somewhat primitive exploit.

  • We are now in that pioneer day and wild-west age of nations whose “fist and skull” arguments and wild-west “gun-play” must end.

  • In circuses and Wild-West shows one frequently sees cowgirls on the bill.

  • This was the first one they had ever seen outside of a circus or a Wild-West show, and he was not like the Indians there.


British Dictionary definitions for wild west

Wild West

noun
  1. the western US during its settlement, esp with reference to its frontier lawlessness
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