Meaning of neck of the woods

neck of the woods




Your neck of the woods is your neighborhood, town, or the area where you live. You might complain that there’s no good pizza in your neck of the woods.

Use neck of the woods to describe your surroundings. Your street is your neck of the woods, but so is your region: if you live in New Hampshire, you might describe the entire New England area as your neck of the woods. The phrase comes from the sense of neck as a strip of land. In Britain, this refers to land with water on both sides, but early Americans used it to mean “a settlement in the woods.”

Definitions of neck of the woods
  1. noun

    a surrounding or nearby region

    “I will drop in on you the next time I am in this
    neck of the woods
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    locality, neighborhood, neighbourhood, vicinity

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    Latin Quarter

    the region of Paris on the southern bank of the Seine; a center of artistic and student life
    Montmartre

    the highest point in Paris; famous for its associations with many artists
    Right Bank

    the region of Paris on the north bank of the Seine
    Charlestown

    a former town and present-day neighborhood of Boston; settled in 1629
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    gold coast

    a rich neighborhood noted for expensive homes and luxurious living; usually along a coastal area
    ‘hood

    (slang) a neighborhood
    place

    a general vicinity
    proximity

    the region close around a person or thing
    scenery

    the appearance of a place
    front, presence

    the immediate proximity of someone or something
    landscape

    an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view
    seascape

    a view of the sea
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    section

    a distinct region or subdivision of a territorial or political area or community or group of people

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