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old country

the original home country of an immigrant or a person's ancestors, especially a European country.
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old-country, adjective Unabridged
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  • In fact, take a thorough going farmer from the old-country and attempt to accustom him to hunt moose and trap beaver.

  • If you find neatness at an hostel, it is kept by old-country people.

    Canada and the Canadians Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
  • The landlady, clad in a low-necked black dress with long sweeping train, was typical of many we saw in the old-country hotels.

  • The way those Australians do business shames us old-country folk.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • Since 1636 the family had pieced out its existence in the New World, tenaciously clinging to many of its old-country habits.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • English horses could never have done it, and probably no old-country horseman would have taken the chances.

  • Would you mind if he played over some of our old-country songs?

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • But old-country folks are all fools, and that's the reason they get so easily sucked in, and be so soon wound up.

  • "A green Christmas makes a fat church-yard," says an old-country proverb; this was a white Nol, cloudless and bright.

  • The sand on the white-pine floor was swept in tongues, old-country fashion.

British Dictionary definitions for old-country

old country

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