1British A yard at the back of a house or other building.
- The youngsters raided the backyards of houses, appropriating the ‘besoms’ or brooms usually kept there, and these they subsequently used as torches on Guy Fawkes Day, or rather, night.
- Corrugated huts house additional families in backyards and the shanty towns overflow with new arrivals.
- The backyards and high tech buildings may house refrigerator-sized fuel cells.
1.1North American A back garden.
- Bricks, logs and other materials have been recycled into a retaining wall to keep dirt from the basketball court and into backyards as borders for gardens, many of which boast impressive rose gardens.
- In the warm months, I enjoy watching the animals that are attracted to the flowers in my backyard.
- My mom grows hundreds of flowers in our backyard, and I helped plant most of them.
1.2 informal The area close to where one lives, regarded with proprietorial concern: children must be made aware of environmental issues in their own backyard
More example sentences
- As such it's in our own backyard and close enough, for those who can afford it, to drive to.
- These same concerns are no where to be seen in our own backyard.
- If they cannot be open-minded and fair in their own backyard, they should be ignored in other areas as well.
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