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Bailiwick

Bailiwick

GIVING ONE AN AIR OF MOST ASTUTE AND CONCENTRATED LEARNINGS

n. —a district or locale under the jurisdiction of a bailiff
—one’s natural sphere

fm. Middle English’s bailie + wick, a form of wike, meaning both an official office and the jurisdiction of that office (sheriffwick, wardenwick). Wick has…a less authoritarian meaning, dwelling place, as in herdwick, though history’s seen a fair share of career politicians mistake one meaning for the other…

first published. 1460

inspiration. My colleagues, who used the unlikely word in consecutive meetings.

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