Definition of bailiwick
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Examples of bailiwick in a Sentence
questions about organization of the fund drive are my bailiwick
Recent Examples of bailiwick from the Web
The Senate bill reauthorizing the FAA keeps air traffic control operations within the agency’s bailiwick.
In light of what Nintendo seems to be illustrating, that there is appetite for a consumer device that preserves the higher-end console experience on the go, would Sony ever revisit a once formidable bailiwick?
Whether that’s within their bailiwick is a point of disagreement.
In addition to the financial penalty, Mr. Corzine would accept a lifetime ban from personally trading other people’s money in the futures industry, which was MF Global’s bailiwick.
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Did You Know?
The first half of the word bailiwick comes from the Middle English word for "bailiff," in this case a term referring to a sheriff or chief officer of a town in medieval England, not the officer who assists today in U.S. courtrooms. Bailiff derives via Anglo-French from the Latin bajulare, meaning "to carry a burden." The second half of "bailiwick" comes from "wik," a Middle English word for "dwelling place" or "village," which ultimately derived from the Latin vicus, meaning "village." (This root also gave us "-wich" and "-wick," suffixes used in place names like Norwich and Warwick.) Although "bailiwick" dates from the 15th century, the "special domain" sense did not begin to appear in English until the middle of the 19th century.
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