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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Definitions for bailiwick

  1. A person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
  2. The office or district of a bailiff.

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Citations for bailiwick
I'll give it a try, but this is not my bailiwick. Sue Grafton, 'L' Is for Lawless
He "professed ignorance, as of something outside my bailiwick." Marc Aronson, New York Times
Origin of bailiwick
Bailiwick comes from Middle English baillifwik, from baillif, "bailiff" (ultimately from Latin bajulus, "porter, carrier") + wik, "town," from Old English wic, from Latin vicus, "village."