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Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Definitions for bailiwick

  1. A person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
  2. The office or district of a bailiff.

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Citations for bailiwick
I'll give it a try, but this is not my bailiwick. Sue Grafton, 'L' Is for Lawless
He "professed ignorance, as of something outside my bailiwick." Marc Aronson, New York Times
Origin of bailiwick
1425-1475
Bailiwick comes from Middle English baillifwik, from baillif, "bailiff" (ultimately from Latin bajulus, "porter, carrier") + wik, "town," from Old English wic, from Latin vicus, "village."