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far from the madding crowd

Definition of far from the madding crowd in English:

literary Secluded or removed from public notice.
[In allusion to use in Gray's Elegy, also to the title of one of Thomas Hardy's novels]
Example sentences
  • But for six weeks prior to the race, they'd secluded themselves, far from the madding crowd, to train in southern Tasmania.
  • This is a sport llama - a creature descended from noble Chilean stock that shuns affection: it is happiest standing alone on a windswept rocky outcrop on the roof of the world, far from the madding crowd.
  • Islay really is far from the madding crowd, but thousands of visitors do arrive between October and April, when flocks of migrating black and white Barnacle geese stop off at the RSPB nature reserve on Loch Gruinart.
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