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meanwhile, back at the ranch

A humorous phrase used as a segue to talk about what is happening where someone lives or works. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we're having so much landscaping work done that the whole area feels like a construction zone!
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meanwhile, back at the ranch

People say meanwhile, back at the ranch when they want to talk about something that is happening in another place, especially their home or place of work. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Condon was trying to write an article. Note: This expression comes from Western movies, in which the action regularly moves from a ranch (= large farm with animals) to some other place.
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meanwhile, back at the ranch

As we were saying before. This formula for a verbal flashback comes from the silent Western movies popular in the 1920s, and also the radio program The Lone Ranger. During the course of a battle between settlers and Indians or cowboys and outlaws, there would be a flashback to the ranch preceded by the caption (or radio message), “Meanwhile, back at the ranch.” It soon was transferred to general conversation. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency (1963–69), according to William Safire, the phrase was used to refer to activities at the LBJ Ranch in Texas.
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Meanwhile back at the ranch, have you heard of the saying that the flutter of butterfly wings in a remote forest can have an effect on other parts of the world?
Meanwhile back at the ranch the farcical blame-game continues unabated.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Don Alejandro de la Vega - the man behind the Zorro mask - is getting a hard time from his beautiful wife Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
Meanwhile back at the ranch, President Bush could curl up with The Butter Battle Book.