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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Whilst Openreach are in the process of rolling out the Welsh Government's superfast programme, speed of connection is very much in the news, with reports of fantastic speeds being seen in the wilds of the mountains only adding to the miseries of those who are still in the dark ages in their neck of the woods!
Aldershot are a big club in their neck of the woods, and with a good structure, so it's no surprise to see how well they are doing.
But obviously whoever gives out these licences has never experienced it in their neck of the woods.
For the girls "next door" were furious that the single young men in their neck of the woods felt the need to advertise themselves.
Mr Wyn said: "The band felt that if they could help the people who had lost money in their neck of the woods then others would do the same in their various areas.
London MPs press for more investment in London, Midlands MPs grumble that their region loses out, North West MPs want more spending in their neck of the woods, and so on.
Any river carp over 20lb is worth a shout but Avon fans have never seen one this big in their neck of the woods, says the Environment Agency.