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outback

[n. out-bak; adj., adv. out-bak] /n. ˈaʊtˌbæk; adj., adv. ˈaʊtˈbæk/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the back country or remote settlements; the bush (usually preceded by the).
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or located in the back country:
outback settlements.
adverb
3.
in or to the back country:
They moved outback many years ago.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; out + back2
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British Dictionary definitions for out back

outback

/ˈaʊtˌbæk/
noun
1.
  1. the remote bush country of Australia
  2. (as modifier): outback life
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Word Origin and History for out back

outback

n.

"back-country, interior regions of Australia," 1907, Australian English, originally an adverb, "out in the back settlements" (1878), from out + back (adv.).

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Idioms and Phrases with out back

out back

see under out front
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