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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

“Living in her backyard would be a nice treat,” Marques said.
Is Sarah Palin Moving to Arizona? Shushannah Walshe May 24, 2011

One, how did bin Laden successfully hide in the military’s backyard for nearly six years?
Is Pakistan’s Arab Spring Coming? Shirin Tahir-Kheli May 10, 2011

It made me think of that little Long Island girl doing plays in her backyard.
Edie Falco Comes Clean Kevin Sessums May 15, 2010

The photographs were taken in cars, in Franklin’s motor home and in his backyard garage.
Grim Sleeper Serial Killer: More Victims of L.A. Monster Christine Pelisek December 14, 2010

Every day Florida shows how climate change is now a backyard reality as well as a scientific fact.
The Truth About Florida’s Civil War History T.D. Allman February 19, 2014

Historical Examples

The backyard, utilized as a garden, furnishes vegetables which the girls cook and can.
The New Education Scott Nearing

Jane had fled screaming through the house and out into the backyard.
Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I’s just looking over an’ dee-spairin’ of ever gettin’ my backyard to look like yours!
The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris

The dog took a leisurely bound through the door and into the backyard.
The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw

He went out to the backyard again, where all the other members of the club were still lounging on the grass, watching the sky.
The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones


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


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