the old country

the old country

  (American & Australian)
the country or place where you or your parents were born but do not now live, especially Europe They spent the summer touring the old country.
See also: country, old
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My fancy played with the various forms of fraud and violence, and I agreed with him sympathetically when he remarked that the authorities in the old country were so damned technical.
The young man found, on landing in the old country, a welcome and a surrounding in full harmony with all his dreams throughout his wanderings and solitude, and the promise of a fresh and adventurous life.
Their agreement with him was made before they left the old country, through a cousin of his, who was also a relative of Mrs.
There again," said the Yankee grimly, "I may be in a position to give the old country a fact or two.
Let me draw one last picture before I close the notebook--a picture which is the last memory of the old country which I bear away with me.
Those indications of its youth which first attract the eye, give it a quaintness and oddity of character which, to a visitor from the old country, is amusing enough.
But it was London; and the old country lady inside, who had put her head out of the coach-window a mile or two this side Kingston, and cried out to the driver that she was sure he must have passed it and forgotten to set her down, was satisfied at last.
I'd like to go back to the old country, but I couldn't stand it.
He came out from the Old Country to teach school at the Glen when I was a boy of sixteen.
Though, for the matter of that, might often makes right here, as well as in the old country, for what I can see.
Jurgis sat and exchanged thoughts with him about the old country, and the places where they had been and the work they had done.
You see, there are two or three of me now, Bunny: one's at the bottom of the Mediterranean, and one's an old Australian desirous of dying in the old country, but in no immediate danger of dying anywhere.
I've come to the old country fur to see my gentleman spend his money like a gentleman.
They never wore glad rags like them in the old country," Billy sneered.
I have sewed all my life, in the old country and here in San Francisco--thirty-three years.