in (one's) (own) back yard

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in (one's) (own) back yard

In or near to one's area of residence or business. Local farmers have banded together to protest the government's plan of building a series of windfarm generators in their back yard. We don't want to have such a large, ugly monument in our own back yard.
See also: back, yard

in one's own backyard

In one's own domain, in a position very close to one. For example, You didn't expect to find a first-class organist in your own backyard. [Mid-1900s] Also see close to home.
See also: backyard, own

in your (own) backˈyard

in or near the place where you live or work: The residents didn’t want a new factory in their backyard.The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard (= from his own members).
The term nimby is formed from the first letters of not in my backyard. A nimby is a person who claims to be in favour of a new project, but objects if it is too near their home and will disturb them in some way.
See also: backyard
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By Earth Day 1980, Marc Mowry and Tim Redmond reported in their book, Not in Our Backyard, that the new environmental professionals had declared victory.
In pointing out the natural wonders in our backyard, my fondest hope was to stir my children's inborn curiosity so that their young minds would stretch, their powers of observation would increase, and they would begin to build castles of their own, in whatever area they might choose.
Even our Siberian husky doesn't know what to make of the apparition that sallies forth in our backyard.
Wild animals that are found in our backyards can come in contact with pets and families," Ford said.