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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"You are statistically not going to get to age 30 and develop a cocaine habit, or start experimenting with heroin," said McCaffrey, which means I'm out of the most dangerous neck of the woods.
In our neck of the woods, Indiana University would right now be destroying a forest to make way for an exclusive private golf and country club on university (i.e., public) land were it not for a determined grassroots protest campaign that stopped I.U.'s administrators dead in their tracks.
A CONTEMPORARY OF JESUS, FROM THE SAME NECK OF THE woods in Galilee, Peter hadn't traveled far nor studied much before he encountered the Lord.
And in my own academic neck of the woods, NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, there were no-less-heated debates among us graduate students about whether such things as a chaos of poured pigment or a few blurry rectangles of color could possibly be serious art.
But come to think of it, isn't that how democracy has always worked in this neck of the woods?
LIVERPOOL'S popular streetperformers, Our Neck Of The Woods, are planning to take their spontaneous drum set across Europe to play and raise money for disadvantaged communities.
And it's also good to hear that Abigail, from Berwick Hills, (my old neck of the woods) is today doing very well.
Q My computer can take up to 10 minutes to get to the home page after being switched on, and is very slow once it has woken up.Is this because of the slow speed of the internet in my neck of the woods? Is there a way of boosting the signal?
It is this pursuit of segregation that keeps bringing the odious EDL to our neck of the woods.
The 23-year-old British singer, who broke out in 2011 with his debut album +, is heading to our neck of the woods as part of the world tour to promote his second album x (pronounced aACAyMultiply').
At the end of the day) is it peculiar to this neck of the woods? "Frankly"/ In my opinion" (sub for to be honest).
We're once again teaming up with our sister magazine Gritto encourage you to connect and share self-sufficiency know-how with others in your neck of the woods. With our online events listing, you can find all of the goings--on in your area, searchable by location, date and category.
"There's no legacy I can see in my neck of the woods. We're left to our own devices."
In our own neck of the woods, Warwick Castle is slammed for having "summer queues that resemble a medieval siege" while Stratford is described as having "one of the most keenly-honed marketing machines in the country."
Most of these people have no idea what they're getting into, and as a result, when they move into your neck of the woods, they want to change it to something they're more familiar with ...