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the boonies

A very distant or remote location, often one that lacks modern amenities. That place is all the way out in the boonies—it'll take us hours to get there. Good luck getting a cell signal out here in the boonies.
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n. a remote and undeveloped place. (From boondocks.) He lives out there in the boonies.
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boonies, the

The provinces, a remote rural area. This slangy term is an abbreviation of boondocks, which comes from the Tagalog word bundok, for “hill” or “mountain.” It was coined by U.S. Marines fighting against Filipino guerrillas after the Spanish-American War (1899–1902) for the rough hill country there. Later American troops in the Philippines during World War II shortened it, and after the war it began to be used more widely as an equivalent for another such term, the sticks, which dates from the early 1900s. W. C. Handy used it in Father of the Blues (1957), “I continued playing for dances, touring on the road and through the sticks.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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