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desert island

a small remote tropical island
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  • I tied myself strongly to it with my turban, in hopes that next morning she would carry me with her out of this desert island.

  • Why at Hargrave to be sure, giving warning here, on this desert island.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
  • If this were only a desert island now, how easy everything would be!

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
  • There they are, in their desert island, as they were before.

    The Settlers at Home Harriet Martineau
  • We are beginning to lose faith in the delightful romances of our youth, and to realize what a desert island is.

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
Contemporary definitions for desert island

an isolated tropical island with few or no inhabitants


The best thing about the first season of "Lost" was seeing how the castaways survived on a desert island.

a remote uninhabited tropical island; also written deserted island


A desert island is written about as a place where individuals or small groups of people find themselves marooned or castaway, cut off from civilization.

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