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.
Usually, outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like: the outskirts of respectability.

1590–1600; out- + skirt

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outskirts (ˈaʊtˌskɜːts)
pl n
(sometimes singular) outlying or bordering areas, districts, etc, as of a city

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Word Origin & History

"outer border," 1596, from out + skirt (q.v.). Now only in plural. Originally in Spenser.
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Example sentences
Use on the outskirts of gardens or in wide borders with other robust perennials.
There were burrowing owls living on the outskirts of my workplace property.
In either case, the globules formed floating freely in the outskirts of our
  solar system.
It is those who are on the outskirts who end up quarreling over details.
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