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outskirt

[out-skurt] /ˈaʊtˌskɜrt/
noun
1.
Often, outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like:
to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.
2.
Usually, outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like:
the outskirts of respectability.
Origin of outskirt
1590-1600
1590-1600; out- + skirt
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  • The brewery at Baslehurst stood on the outskirts of the town, in a narrow lane which led from the church into the High-street.

    Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope
  • Soon they were moving at a slower pace through the outskirts of Rouen.

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  • Dick knew Captain Handlee as an old soldier, who lived in a tumble-down house on the outskirts of the village.

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  • It was seven o'clock before they reached the outskirts of London.

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  • Mr. Romeyn's church was in a mission centre on the outskirts of the city, and Frances gladly shared his parish labors.

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British Dictionary definitions for outskirts

outskirts

/ˈaʊtˌskɜːts/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) outlying or bordering areas, districts, etc, as of a city
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Word Origin and History for outskirts

outskirt

n.

"outer border," 1590s, from out + skirt (n.). Now only in plural, outskirts. Originally in Spenser.

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