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old country

noun
1.
the original home country of an immigrant or a person's ancestors, especially a European country.
Origin of old country
1775-1785
1775-85
Related forms
old-country, adjective
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  • So you see that we are pretty smart out here, and not a long way behind the old country after all.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • Can every one in the old country, no matter how industrious, say that of himself?

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • I guess it ain't any worse to hold church fairs in this country than it is to have the outrageous goings on in the old country.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • Cloete concluded by remarking that he, had “had enough of the old country.”

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • You sing some old country songs pretty well yourself, William.

British Dictionary definitions for old country

old country

noun
1.
the country of origin of an immigrant or an immigrant's ancestors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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