in the neighborhood of


the area or region around or near some place or thing; vicinity: the kids of the neighborhood; located in the neighborhood of Jackson and Vine streets.
a district or locality, often with reference to its character or inhabitants: a fashionable neighborhood; to move to a nicer neighborhood.
a number of persons living near one another or in a particular locality: The whole neighborhood was there.
neighborly feeling or conduct.
nearness; proximity: to sense the neighborhood of trouble.
Mathematics. an open set that contains a given point.
in the neighborhood of, approximately; nearly; about: She looks to be in the neighborhood of 70.

1400–50; late Middle English neighborehode. See neighbor, -hood

2. community, area, locale, vicinity. Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "neighborly conduct, friendliness," from neighbor + -hood (q.v.). Modern sense of "community of people who live close together" is first recorded 1620s. Phrase in the neighborhood of meaning "near, somewhere about" is first recorded
1857, Amer.Eng. The O.E. word for "neighborhood" was neahdæl.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

in the neighborhood of

Also, in the region of. Approximately, about, as in They paid in the neighborhood of a million dollars, or I don't know exactly what the exchange rate issomewhere in the region of 95 yen to the dollar. The first expression dates from the mid-1800s, the variant from the mid-1900s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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