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back country

a sparsely populated rural region remote from a settled area.
Australian. a remote, undeveloped part of a large farm or cattle station.
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back-country, adjective Unabridged
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  • That's your difficulty from having lived in the back-country these last two or three years.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • As to the back-country settlements, the House of Burgesses should have provided for them.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • There is a story of a clergyman coming to a back-country station in Australia during the agony of a great drought.

  • "Oh, they are only back-country folk," said Lambert, rather impatiently.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Bedlam was raging up front; shells went screaming over us, seeking out victims in the back-country.

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • She had said she was going away, and she did not like going away from the back-country.

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • From the back-country to the seaboard Virginians knew this year of 1774 was to figure prominently in our destiny.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Eight months in the back-country among the leeches, at a temperature of 84 degrees moist, is very bad for the nerves.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Much havoc is wrought by asphyxiating gases which drift across the front-line into the back-country.

    Out To Win Coningsby Dawson
  • He rode day after day across those barren wastes of back-country, and spared no effort to find some sign of the missing man.

    The Bushranger's Secret Mrs. Henry Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for back-country

back country

(Austral & NZ) land remote from a town or settled area
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