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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Definitions for bailiwick

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

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Citations for bailiwick
Arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court isn't Hamp's bailiwick. He's an old-school criminal defense attorney. Paul Beatty, The Sellout, 2015
One of my personal bailiwicks is cross-disciplinary pollination: the interesting things that happen when ideas or patterns from one field are carried over and adapted in another. Mandy Brown interview by Robinson Meyer, "What Should a Digital Writing Tool Be?" The Atlantic, September 16, 2013
Origin of bailiwick
1425-1475
Bailiwick comes from the noun bailie, an obsolete form of bailiff, and from the obsolete suffix -wick, which in its Old English form wíce meant "office." It entered English in the mid-1400s.