Back yard



the portion of a lot or building site behind a house, structure, or the like, sometimes fenced, walled, etc.
a familiar or nearby area; neighborhood.
Contemporary Examples

It used to be one of each, but now, he goes three or four times every time he goes into the back yard.
The Economics of Puppy Management Megan McArdle February 21, 2013

Its handle, she notes, was made from a mesquite tree in her back yard.
Holy Molé: Tucson’s Mexican Food with a Kick Jane & Michael Stern June 28, 2014

But insults are a very different proposition when they are coming from a foreigner standing in your back yard.
Brit Wits Bash America Sean Macaulay February 16, 2010

Historical Examples

He heard Binks barking in the back yard and he went down to him.
The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben

He was out in the back yard now, fixing—but there, that was to be a surprise.
McClure’s Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908 Various

His wife had made a nice place for it in the back yard as a domicile.
The Story of a Strange Career Anonymous

We were in the middle of a potato patch, in somebody’s back yard.
Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton

“Men all about the back yard,” whispered Jones down the hall.
The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath

“Now if we were in the back yard we could all sing,” rejoined Josie.
A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas

Maybe once in a while our dog Peanut would get over in their back yard and scratch up their pansies.
The Man Next Door Emerson Hough

noun
a yard at the back of a house, etc
in one’s own back yard

close at hand
involving or implicating one See NIMBY

n.

also back-yard, 1650s (perhaps early 15c.), from back (adj.) + yard (n.1).

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