no-man's-land

World English Dictionary
no-man's-land
 
n
1.  land between boundaries, esp an unoccupied zone between opposing forces
2.  an unowned or unclaimed piece of land
3.  an ambiguous area of activity or thought

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no-man's-land
"terrain between front lines of entrenched armies," 1908, popularized in WWI; in use from at least 1320 as Nonemanneslond, an unowned waste ground outside the north wall of London, site for executions. No man (O.E. nanne mon) was an old way of saying "nobody."
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