back East


variants or back east
US, informal
: in or toward the eastern part of a country or region
She attended college back East.

Examples of back East in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some places back East, there will be 1 million cicadas per acre or more, scientists say, potentially sending the population total over 1 trillion. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 5 May 2024 The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performed Monday in San Diego and then zoomed back East and made a guest appearance (with fellow troubadour Maggie Rogers) at a show by country star Zach Bryan at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 So far, only one person has been charged in connection with the case, a 37-year-old Tennessee man who police say operated around L.A. — allegedly with the help of a Nike employee from back East. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2024 Parker MacDonald, then an assistant coach with the Kings, remembered Nickson from their days with the club’s New Haven Nighthawks farm team and called back East to urge Nickson to send the Kings a tape of his work. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Suddenly jobless, a new proletariat scuttled back East, praying for work in factories and cities. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2023 Wong married a New Yorker, and spent more than a decade back East. Kturnqui, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2023 The team had to rise at 4 a.m. on Saturday for a bus ride to Ontario International Airport, then a flight back East. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Success back East led the county to recruit him to San Diego in 1997 to run the region’s Office of AIDS Coordination. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2023

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“Back East.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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