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
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in one's (own) backyard

Fig. very close to one, where one lives, or where one is. That kind of thing is quite rare. Imagine it happening right in your backyard. You always think of something like that happening to someone else. You never expect to find it in your own backyard.
See also: backyard
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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