the outback

outback

[n. out-bak; adj., adv. out-bak] Australian.
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the back country or remote settlements; the bush (usually preceded by the ).
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or located in the back country: outback settlements.
adverb
3.
in or to the back country: They moved outback many years ago.

Origin:
1875–80; out + back2

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outback (ˈaʊtˌbæk)
 
n
a.  the remote bush country of Australia
 b.  (as modifier): outback life

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