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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neck of the woods, this

This particular region or neighborhood. An Americanism once meaning a forest settlement, this term appeared in print in the 1850s. “She is welcome to the hospitalities of this neck of the wood,” wrote Alice Cary (Married, Not Mated, 1856).
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So, when Hawken heard Uxbridge (40 kilometres northeast of Toronto) was trying to limit their net in-migration to zero it made him wonder how his neck of the woods can entice new Canadians to northern climes.
Turchin, however, thinks 2002 will only get better in his neck of the woods. "Buy it, pack it, ship it and you'll make a profit," Turchin says.
RUGBY League legend Ellery Hanley switched codes and moved south-west to become Bristol's defensive coach just as the money men arrived in his neck of the woods.