no-man's-land


no–man's–land

noun \ˈnō-ˌmanz-ˌland\

: an area of land between two countries or armies that is not controlled by anyone

Full Definition of NO-MAN'S-LAND

1
a :  an area of unowned, unclaimed, or uninhabited land
b :  an unoccupied area between opposing armies
c :  an area not suitable or used for occupation or habitation <downtown was a retailing no–man's–land>
2
:  an anomalous, ambiguous, or indefinite area especially of operation, application, or jurisdiction <the no–man's–land between art and science>

First Known Use of NO-MAN'S-LAND

14th century

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