far afield

far/farther/further afield

1. Larger in scope. This project has gone far afield after our initial experiment didn't yield the data we were looking for.
2. Away from some place or thing. If you want to travel further afield, though, it'll be a very long walk.
See also: afield, far, farther, further
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far afield

Wide-ranging, at a distance, as in I started out identifying wild mushrooms, but since then I've gone far afield in other branches of botany . [c. 1400]
See also: afield, far
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far/farther/further aˈfield

far away from home; to or in places that are not near: You can hire a car if you want to explore further afield.Journalists came from as far afield as China and Brazil.
See also: afield, far, farther, further
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This voyage, of which the details need not be given, we had to range far afield for sufficient reasons.
Had Edward not gone so far afield in pursuit of the Londoners, the victory might easily have been on the side of the royalists early in the day, but by thus eliminating his division after defeating a part of De Montfort's army, it was as though neither of these two forces had been engaged.
"But do you think the man has enough to make it worth our while to go so far afield?"
"Far afield! It's not forty miles on the London and Brighton."
The shes and the balus roamed unguarded through the sullen jungle, while the greedy males foraged far afield, and thus it was that Teeka and Gazan, her balu, hunted upon the extreme southern edge of the tribe with no great male near them.
He was beginning to become peeved and had about made up his mind to chastise Teeka for wandering so far afield when he wanted her.
His hunting had not carried him far afield, nor was he prone to permit it to do so.
"Will you go far afield for a walk with me to-day?" he said to her and me, one idle afternoon of opal skies, pied meadows and misty hills.
It was for this reason, possibly, as much as another that Zu-tag hunted so often alone; but it was his utter fearlessness that permitted him to wander far afield away from the protection which numbers gave the great apes.
charge of the inquiry, had not arrested him, but he knew well enough that if he tried to move far afield he would be instantly arrested.
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Mrs Redman said a local bed and breakfast owner may have creOBJECTIONS FROM FAR AFIELD OBJECTIONS to the wind turbine were sent in from as far afield as Durban in South Africa, Edinburgh, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Dumfries and Galloway.
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