no man's land

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no man's land

n.
1. Land under dispute by two opposing parties, especially the field of battle between the lines of two opposing entrenched armies.
2. An area of uncertainty or ambiguity.
3. An unclaimed or unowned piece of land.

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n.
1. an area between warring armies that no one controls.
2. an area where guidelines and authority are not clear.
3. an unclaimed tract of usu. barren land.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.no man's land - an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armiesno man's land - an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
2.no man's land - land that is unowned and uninhabited (and usually undesirable)
land - the land on which real estate is located; "he built the house on land leased from the city"
3.no man's land - the ambiguous region between two categories or states or conditions (usually containing some features of both); "but there is still a twilight zone, the tantalizing occurrences that are probably noise but might possibly be a signal"; "in the twilight zone between humor and vulgarity"; "in that no man's land between negotiation and aggression"
equivocalness, ambiguity - unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
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Hier en remontant plusieurs siecles en arriere pour demontrer que ce continent etait loin d'etre un no-mans land: il fut a la fois le berceau de l'humanite, le berceau des civilisations et le berceau de mondialite.
He later recovered a wounded member of his party under cover of darkness, bringing him back across no-mans land to safety.
We do not need to be reminded that millions of teenagers in the country are of mixed parentage and we could mean their mothers while them points at their fathers, leaving the offspring in no-mans land.
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Oteh and Washington forged a real understanding at the Pirelli Stadium, stretching the Burton defence time and time again as one came short while the other went long; leaving the Brewers In no-mans land as the ball over the top was picked up.
He said called for FATA to be merged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa calling it 'no-mans land' which should be integrated with the rest of the province, and questioned why a consensus is not being formed over the issue.
After he won at Nottingham last year they put him up to a mark of 103 which was in no-mans land really and he's now back to 96 off which he should be competitive.
"Above me head in no-mans land I can hear but cannot see.
He said Jordan did not close its doors for the Syrian refugees, but there were around 16,000 Syrians kept in a no-mans land in northern Jordan who came from northern Syria, an area filled with so-called Islamic State (IS) militants.
One hundred years on, the memory of the brief transformation of No-Mans land into a football field remains an enduring symbol of the triumph of peace and common humanity over conflict, and Tom Calderbank, the Liverpool creative activist Mr Calderbank explained that the sculpture is connected to the song in more than just name: "The artist's inspiration for the sculpture didn't just come from events 100 years ago but also from that song, and we really hope that All Together Now will make "We won't stop war but we can reduce its frequency, and that is what it's all about."
Arsenal served warning of their intent in extra time with Giroud heading against the bar - and in the dying moments Sanogo went close to a goal while Sone Aluko almost scored an amazing equaliser after Fabianski was caught in no-mans land.