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No man's land   /noʊ mænz lænd/   Listen
No man's land

noun
1.
An unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies.
2.
Land that is unowned and uninhabited (and usually undesirable).
3.
The ambiguous region between two categories or states or conditions (usually containing some features of both).  Synonym: twilight zone.  "In the twilight zone between humor and vulgarity" , "In that no man's land between negotiation and aggression"






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"No man's land" Quotes from Famous Books



... around here," answered Jimmy, looking about him. That part of No Man's Land where they then were, seemingly was deserted by all save the dead. If there had been any injured they had been taken well back behind ...
— The Khaki Boys Over the Top - Doing and Daring for Uncle Sam • Gordon Bates

... by a high board fence, and above the boards, barbed wire was tightly drawn, to make it uncomfortable for reaching hands. Inside of this was an ordinary barbed-wire fence through which we were not allowed to go, with a few feet of "No Man's Land" in between. ...
— Three Times and Out • Nellie L. McClung

... sort anything, mister," he said, giving Neale a sly wink. "Them of my turn of life look on all gamekeepers and policemen as their natural enemies. They'd both of 'em turn me out o' this if they could!—only they know they can't. For some reason or other Ellersdeane Hollow is No Man's Land—and therefore mine. And so—I wasn't going to ...
— The Chestermarke Instinct • J. S. Fletcher



Words linked to "No man's land" :   country, ambiguity, equivocalness, area, land



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