the Wild West


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the Wild West

1. The western United States of America as typified during the period of American expansion in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This old-timey saloon aims to recreate the authentic atmosphere and aesthetics of the Wild West. This part of the country truly remains the Wild West—dirty, dangerous, and almost completely outside the purview of the law.
2. By extension, that which is characterized by a lack of law, order, and regulations; that which is totally untamed and unfettered. Often followed by "of something." The Internet was still the Wild West in those days, back when websites could publish just about whatever they wanted, and the only restriction one faced was the speed of one's dial-up connection. The massive deregulation of the stock market in this country has turned it into something of a Wild West of the financial markets.
See also: west, wild
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