boondocks

[boon-doks]
noun (used with a plural verb)
1.
an uninhabited area with thick natural vegetation, as a backwoods or marsh (usually preceded by the ).
2.
a remote rural area (usually preceded by the ): The company moved to a small town out in the boondocks.

Origin:
1940–45, Americanism; < Tagalog bundok mountain + -s3 (in locative derivations such as the sticks, the dumps, etc.)


2. back country, backwoods, provinces; boonies, sticks.
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boondocks (ˈbuːnˌdɒks)
 
pl n
1.  wild, desolate, or uninhabitable country
2.  a remote rural or provincial area
 
[C20: from Tagalog bundok mountain]

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boondocks
1910s, from Tagalog bundok "mountain." Adopted by occupying American soldiers in the Philippines for "remote and wild place." Reinforced or re-adopted during World War II. Hence, also boondockers "shoes suited for rough terrain" (1953).
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Example sentences
My sister didn't want me to marry an academic and move to the boondocks.
But others deeper in the boondocks remain determined to beat off the doomsayers
  with creative ideas.
If you live in the boondocks or on the wrong side of the tracks, cable modems
  may not be an option at any price.
Making room at the inn means sending somebody to the boondocks.
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