neck of the woods


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neck of the woods

A neighborhood or nearby area; the area around where one lives. Next time you find yourself in my neck of the woods, give me a call and I'll show you around.
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neck of the woods

A neighborhood or region, as in He's one of the wealthiest men in our neck of the woods. Originally (mid-1800s) alluding to a forest settlement, this colloquial term is now used more loosely, for urban as well as rural locales.
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your neck of the woods

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You can talk about the place where you live as your neck of the woods. Are there any nice restaurants in your neck of the woods? Note: You can refer to the place where you are at the moment as this neck of the woods. So what brings you to this neck of the woods, Greg? Note: This expression originated in the United States. `Neck' comes from `naiack' which means `point' or `corner' in an Algonquian Native American language.
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neck of the woods

a particular small geographical area or community.
Neck in the sense of ‘narrow strip of woodland’ is recorded from the late 18th century.
1998 Spectator Both [letters] come from the same neck of the woods, both are on the same subject and both are cries for help which are being ignored.
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The 23-year-old British singer, who broke out in 2011 with his debut album +, is heading to our neck of the woods as part of the world tour to promote his second album x (pronounced aACAyMultiply').
We're once again teaming up with our sister magazine Gritto encourage you to connect and share self-sufficiency know-how with others in your neck of the woods.
There's no legacy I can see in my neck of the woods.
In our own neck of the woods, Warwick Castle is slammed for having "summer queues that resemble a medieval siege" while Stratford is described as having "one of the most keenly-honed marketing machines in the country.
Most of these people have no idea what they're getting into, and as a result, when they move into your neck of the woods, they want to change it to something they're more familiar with .
IF Ross Crowe is a name that does not seem to crop up too often in dispatches in this neck of the woods, that's because he plays much of his competitive golf in Scotland.
Despite the northern trainers suffering a bad winter, Richard Fahey, David Nicholls and Kevin Ryan already look to be up and running to start farming a lot of the races in my neck of the woods.
If your travels bring you to our neck of the woods, be sure to swing by our Tasting Room and Pub and try a vertical tasting of Wassail 08 and Wassail 09," Mr Emmerson added.
He originally wanted Freddie to scoop the title, saying: "He's from my neck of the woods and he seems to have a good heart.
The rules of allotment-holding in our neck of the woods - the lower Holme Valley - have changed, and if I leave the ground fallow a second year I'll have the plot taken away from me.
The election showed that people in my neck of the woods have had enough of being held back by New Labour.
Coun Dixon, a ward member for Whitburn and Marsden, said: "It's always a pleasure to show off our beautiful town hall to visitors and when they are people from my particular neck of the woods, it's even more fun.
Honest to goodness, democracy in this neck of the woods is a joke, and all too many people know it.
Livingstone is also a denier of the state of anti-Semitism in his own neck of the woods.
Most importantly, by using native plants in your garden, you are helping to prevent the rampant spread of non-native species in the few remaining virgin wood and wetlands in your neck of the woods.