back East


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back East

To or in the eastern United States. Although its wording suggests a return, one does not have to have ever been in the eastern US to use this phrase. We're going back East for Christmas this year to visit my parents. My husband is back East for business right now.
See also: back, east

back East

to or from the eastern United States, especially the northeastern or New England states. (Used even by people who have never been in the East.) Sally felt that she had to get back East for a few days. Tom went to school back East, but his brother attended college in the Midwest.
See also: back, east
References in classic literature ?
The fellow who built it's give up and gone back East.
But then he does a double take and reports, as though in real time, that with the latest renewals back east in Europe "History Is Risen from the Dead.
Since this is where the shuttles are launched, landing at KSC eliminates the need to bolt the craft atop a Boeing 747 jet and fly it back east so it can take off again.
Back east, the organization Veterans Against Bush/Veterans for John Kerry invites veterans, families, and neighbors from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to join them from 11 a.
Gosh, I'll bet the people back East are glad there's global warming.
Edward Baker, whose followers circulated negative rumors about Lincoln's religion in a congressional contest; Norman Judd, John Palmer, and the other Democrats who prevented Lincoln from being chosen senator in 1855; Schuyler Colfax from Indiana and Horace Greeley and others back East who presumed to tell Illinois Republicans in 1858 (when Lincoln was their candidate) to roll over and let Democrat Douglas win; Salmon Chase encouraged an effort to obtain for himself the Republican nomination in Lincoln's place in 1864, and who while serving in Lincoln's cabinet undercut him.
Lowcard is from the West Coast contingent, who put out a mag sorta regularly and made the trip back east.
Meanwhile, some of my friends back East were having a hard time picturing me living--happily, no less--in a Montana canyon.
Back east, the market is waiting on the impact of the Chase Manhattan/Chemical Bank merger - both with substantial headquarter facilities in the New York area.
And bluegrass, a mat of Kentucky bluegrass looking understandably peaked in a land where the year's rainfall barely measures up to a damp spring back East.
Nolfo will eventually travel down the West Coast before heading back East, arriving in Florida in late September.
Back East we publicize our criminals because we find it helps to prosecute them and get them arrested," Bratton said.
There's some great stuff in there: a road trip back east some ranting and raving about Bush and public funding for arts, some random art, a rant about veganism and some New Mexico coverage.
Chicago had just eclipsed Philadelphia to become the nation's second-largest city, but its political and business leaders longed for respect and knew that a galvanizing event would force the snobs back east to take the city seriously.