subbailiwick

bailiwick

[bey-luh-wik]
noun
1.
the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
2.
a person's area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work: to confine suggestions to one's own bailiwick.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English, equivalent to baili- bailie + wick wick3

subbailiwick, noun


2. domain, department, sphere, territory, turf.
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bailiwick (ˈbeɪlɪwɪk)
 
n
1.  law the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
2.  a person's special field of interest, authority, or skill
 
[C15: from baili(e) + wick²]

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bailiwick
"district of a bailiff," mid-15c., baillifwik, from bailiff (q.v.) + O.E. wic "village" (see wick (2)). Figurative sense of "one's natural or proper sphere" is first recorded 1843.
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