back of beyond


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be·yond

 (bē-ŏnd′, bĭ-yŏnd′)
prep.
1. On the far side of; past: Just beyond the fence.
2. Later than; after: beyond midnight.
3. To a degree that is past the understanding, reach, or scope of: an evil beyond remedy.
4. To a degree or amount greater than: rich beyond his wildest dreams.
5. In addition to: asked for nothing beyond peace and quiet.
adv.
1. Farther along or away.
2. In addition; more: wanted her share but nothing beyond.
n.
1. That which is past or to a degree greater than knowledge or experience; the unknown: "Sputnik, the first satellite to enter the great beyond of space" (Dale Russakoff).
2. The world beyond death; the hereafter.
Idiom:
back of beyond
A place that is remote or unsophisticated.

[Middle English biyonde, from Old English begeondan : be, by; see by1 + geondan, on the far side of; see i- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.back of beyond - a very remote and inaccessible placeback of beyond - a very remote and inaccessible place; "you'd have to go to the back of beyond to find one of those"
depth - (usually plural) the deepest and most remote part; "from the depths of darkest Africa"; "signals received from the depths of space"
References in classic literature ?
Now and then he volunteered a little, a very little, information about his own sotnia of Cossacks, left apparently to look after themselves somewhere at the back of beyond.
But Kim did not suspect that Mahbub Ali, known as one of the best horse-dealers in the Punjab, a wealthy and enterprising trader, whose caravans penetrated far and far into the Back of Beyond, was registered in one of the locked books of the Indian Survey Department as C25 IB.
Unfortunately his son, tired of living in the back of beyond, sets out to join the firm, now run by his brutal uncles.
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Sheila Hawkins is best known for her 'Back of Beyond' trilogy, (The Back of Beyond, Beyond Our Dreams, and Beyond Compare) in which the author conveys her love of Cyprus, her family's experience with traditional village life and the unspoiled nature surrounding the village she so loved.
Obviously, as you've never been there before and it's in the back of beyond you will get lost on the way You turn up two hours later than you intended, the car vomits out occupants and camping contents as soon as you open the door and you set to work getting your canvas home up with only a modicum of sweating and swearing.
50pm, tonight) sees police sergeant Nicholas Angel shipped out to the back of beyond.
Okay, so it could get a tad hairy in some of its wilder places, but it's hardly the back of beyond.
As these ideas from some of the UK's most experienced adventure travellers show, it's amazing how many new life experiences are possible when you swap a crowded tube train for the back of beyond.
You caught a plane to Africa, then took a hire car to the back of beyond.
They sometimes have difficulty in finding us, mind, along a country lane in the back of beyond.
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