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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
In theory, orchestrating an action plan after this report would be right in the cyber czar’s bailiwick.
Each has his main bailiwick: Erik focuses more on e-commerce, Blake on Nordstrom Rack and tech, and Pete on merchandising and brand partnerships.
Note the shift of venue to Symphony Center from the series’ regular bailiwick, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Their bailiwick now includes how Muslims should act on social media.
The Tide's previous defensive coordinators had expertise coaching the secondary, which just so happens to be Saban's bailiwick, too.
These are usually the bailiwick of young players who’ve flown under the radar, not 13-year veterans.
Brodeur is chairman of the House's budget committee on health care, so any of these bills would likely have to go through his bailiwick.
Although Rabbi Shteinman was also esteemed as a great sage, his unofficial bailiwick was promoting lifelong Torah study by adult men, upholding standards of the yeshivas and finessing political dealings with the Israeli government.
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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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