back yard

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also back yard  (băk′yärd′)
A yard at the rear of a house.
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back yard



1. an area, usually paved, at the rear of a building
2. the immediate surroundings or locality of a person, organization, country, etc: an area that the United States regards as its own backyard.
3. in one's own back yard
a. close at hand
b. involving or implicating one. See NIMBY
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back yard

n (Brit) (paved area) → cortile m sul retro della casa (Am) (garden) → giardino sul retro della casa
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References in classic literature ?
"You mean we'll be in some horrible boardinghouse, in a still more horrible hall bedroom, looking out on a dingy back yard."
That seemed a good idea; so the Historian rigged up a high tower in his back yard, and took lessons in wireless telegraphy until he understood it, and then began to call "Princess Dorothy of Oz" by sending messages into the air.
"She is in the chicken house, in the back yard," said the Princess.
At nine old Parvenzano lets me through to his back yard, where there's a board off Riddle's fence, next door.
And as soon as the officer let go of the gate handle she turned and, hurrying away on her old legs, went through the back yard to the servants' quarters.
I was glad, when I came home from school at noon, to see a farm-wagon standing in the back yard, and I was always ready to run downtown to get beefsteak or baker's bread for unexpected company.
After looking round the parlor, Levin went out in the back yard. The good-looking young woman in clogs, swinging the empty pails on the yoke, ran on before him to the well for water.
"Yes," said Button-Bright; "there's a well in our back yard."
Like a burglar the man came, with infinite caution of silence, to the outhouse in Doctor Emory's back yard where Michael was a prisoner.
I told him I wasn't in the habit of fertilising my back yard with cream."
He had left Betteredge, an hour since, sunning himself in the customary corner of the back yard. I knew it well; and I said I would go and seek him myself.
Anne sighed and betook herself to the back yard, over which a young new moon was shining through the leafless poplar boughs from an apple-green western sky, and where Matthew was splitting wood.