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backblocks

[ bak-bloks ]
/ ˈbækˌblɒks /
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noun (used with a plural verb)Australian.
the outback: They live in the backblocks.
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Origin of backblocks

First recorded in 1870–75; back1 + block + -s3
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How to use backblocks in a sentence

  • In this article the paper spoke of backblocks bushmen under the generic soubriquet of Billjim.

  • They come down from the backblocks with perhaps a hundred pounds to spend on a week of blissful unconsciousness.

    Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles
  • You'll be jolly glad to get rid of me and be off with the uncle into the backblocks.

    Captivity|M. Leonora Eyles

British Dictionary definitions for backblocks

backblocks
/ (ˈbækˌblɒks) /

pl n
Australian and NZ bush or remote farming area far distant from city amenities

Derived forms of backblocks

backblock, adjectivebackblocker, noun
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