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A very distant or remote location, often one that lacks modern amenities. That place is all the way out in the boonies—it'll take us hours to get there. Good luck getting a cell signal out here in the boonies.

*in the boondocks

 and *in the boonies
in a rural area; far away from a city or population. (*Typically: be ~; camp ~; live ~; stay ~.) Perry lives out in the boonies with his parents.


n. a remote and undeveloped place. (From boondocks.) He lives out there in the boonies.

boonies, the

The provinces, a remote rural area. This slangy term is an abbreviation of boondocks, which comes from the Tagalog word bundok, for “hill” or “mountain.” It was coined by U.S. Marines fighting against Filipino guerrillas after the Spanish-American War (1899–1902) for the rough hill country there. Later American troops in the Philippines during World War II shortened it, and after the war it began to be used more widely as an equivalent for another such term, the sticks, which dates from the early 1900s. W. C. Handy used it in Father of the Blues (1957), “I continued playing for dances, touring on the road and through the sticks.”
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Other features that makes this book so compelling are references to everyday occurrences and mundane life: buying a rare, cold Coke in the "boonies" from a Vietnamese child; landing at night to the light from a Zippo lighter (the official helicopter landing light, since JP4 fuel kept it burning even under the rotor wash); flying in bad weather with just enough instruments to get you out of trouble--or just enough to get you killed--was certainly an experience that emphasized the importance of the various missions.
Then on the way back, I approached two characters dressed in black expensive-looking suits with coffees, bought at Nirvana, no doubt heading back to their law office, for who else in these boonies would be wearing such attire if not lawyers, and a number of law offices were in the near vicinity, for the Barnstable County Courthouse was across the street from Nirvana "Well, lawyers against freedom of speech issues, bravo!" I hollered to their manicured faces.
The baits he relied on (and still does), as well as the lures, are substantially larger than those we use in the boonies. And the techniques are different.
(10) One that travels from warm salt-tinged humid air wetlands, bayous, and Gulf-backwater boonies to the drafty, always too cold, too white halls of academe.
The land commissioner is a provincial government official - a down-ballot officeholder out here in the boonies. A president is the Leader of the Free World.
"My plan is to be out in the boonies, taking photographs, hiking the occasional trip to the coffee shop or microbrewery, planting a garden and perhaps raising a few chickens," she said.
When out in the boonies and a Bendix drive refuses to engage, shutting everything off, taking the key out of the ignition, getting out of the airplane and using something solid to tap on the cup around the drive has been known to free it.
People out in the boonies without cell signal and people at crowded events are the target demographic here, but it does require that everyone buys into the GoTenna platform.
Trigger understood words like "trip" or "hunting." The dog was very tuned in to when his master was about to go on a trip to the boonies in Arkansas to hunt.
Unless you've been humping the boonies, you don't know" (136).
I guess that qualifies me as a homesteader who lives in the boonies of the Salmon River Valley in central Idaho.--Betty K.
Countrywoman gives a shrill little trill and says, where do you live, in the boonies, he thought black pudding was sweet, oh this is funny.
In the boonies of Baramati, we had a 'champagne' breakfast with an as-yet-unreleased sparkling rose and the Maharashtrian staples of sabudana khichdi and missal pao, a sprouted curry sexed up with chopped onions and a squeeze of fresh lemon, and served with the slightly fermented 'pao' that is so typical of Maharashtra.
There were funny stories about Dean of Women Doris Stout's strict curfews and dress codes for freshman women, of sneaking trays out of the cafeteria for sledding down Library Hill on wintry nights, and of "boonies"--off-campus parties with blankets and six-packs on weekends.