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bailiwick

[bey-luh-wik] /ˈbeɪ ləˌwɪk/
noun
1.
the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
2.
a person's area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work:
to confine suggestions to one's own bailiwick.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English, equivalent to baili- bailie + wick wick3
Related forms
subbailiwick, noun
Synonyms
2. domain, department, sphere, territory, turf.
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  • Patterns of polygamy and monogamy are also the bailiwick of behavioral research.
  • It was patterned after the old system of county sheriffs who had control in their bailiwick and prison inmates working for them.
  • In reality, personalities often shine way beyond their limited bailiwick.
  • Under state law the conduct of board meetings is the bailiwick of the directors.
  • Now, perhaps you are thinking that some of these policies are beyond your bailiwick as financial aid officers.
British Dictionary definitions for bailiwick

bailiwick

/ˈbeɪlɪwɪk/
noun
1.
(law) the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
2.
a person's special field of interest, authority, or skill
Word Origin
C15: from baili(e) + wick²
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Word Origin and History for bailiwick
n.

"district of a bailiff," early 15c., baillifwik, from bailiff (q.v.) + Middle English form of Old English wic "village" (see wick (n.2)). Figurative sense of "one's natural or proper sphere" is first recorded 1843.

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