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bailiwick Line breaks: baili|wick
Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪlɪwɪk/

Definition of bailiwick in English:


1 (one's bailiwick) One’s sphere of operations or area of interest: after the war, the Middle East remained his bailiwick
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  • Thus, it doesn't really monkey with the states' authority after all; it only makes sure they stay in their traditional bailiwick.
  • Here her analysis is most surefooted as she discusses late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century fiction, Benedict's professional bailiwick.
  • And it has done so even in areas where the crime at issue seems to be a crime that falls squarely into the state's bailiwick - and does not affect federal interests at all.
2 Law The district or jurisdiction of a bailie or bailiff: the warden had the right to arrest all poachers found within his bailiwick
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  • Will decentralization really bring politics closer to the people, or will we be returning to a bunch of little bailiwicks?
  • With very few exceptions, they easily agreed that what was going on in their bailiwicks was incomparable and required a different approach.
  • Their organization was strictly hierarchical, into priorates, then bailiwicks and lastly commanderies.


Late Middle English: from bailie + wick2.

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