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no-man's-land

noun
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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n.

also no man's land, "terrain between front lines of entrenched armies," 1908, popularized in World War I; in use from at least early 14c. as Nonemanneslond, an unowned waste ground outside the north wall of London, site for executions. No man (Old English nanne mon) was an old way of saying "nobody."

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