out·​skirt | \ˈau̇t-ˌskərt \

Definition of outskirt 

: a part remote from the center : border usually used in plural on the outskirts of town

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The gun violence stretched across Chicago, from Wicker Park to the outskirts of the city on the Southeast Side from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago weekend toll: 4 dead, 23 wounded," 9 July 2018 The fighting has largely been confined to the city's outskirts. Ahmed Al-haj, Fox News, "UN envoy: Yemeni rebels express 'strong desire' for peace," 4 July 2018 Hurd is a second-term congressman in the sprawling district that stretches from San Antonio to the outskirts of El Paso, a region takes in more than 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and splits nearly evenly along partisan lines. Houston Chronicle, "U.S. Chamber buys issue ads for Hurd," 1 June 2018 Lava flowed in and out of cracks in the ground, submerging and resurfacing along a 10-mile-long path to the outskirts of Pahoa village. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Here’s how this Kilauea volcano eruption compares to past lava flows," 9 May 2018 Rather than restrict Jatav's wedding procession to the outskirts of Nizampur — as the Thakurs initially demanded — the agreement allows him to ride a horse down the main road at the head of his baraat. Jason Overdorf, USA TODAY, "In India, an 'Untouchables' wedding highlights tensions over social change," 22 Apr. 2018 Plum leading parts are usually reserved for white performers; everyone else is brushed to the outskirts of the industry, no matter their caliber. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Sandra Oh’s Been Waiting 30 Years for a Show Like Killing Eve," 6 Apr. 2018 Hurd, a second-term Republican, was swamping his primary opponent, Uvalde dentist Alma Arredondo-Lynch, in the vast district stretching from western San Antonio to the outskirts of El Paso. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Chip Roy, Gina Ortiz Jones leading the pack for congressional runoffs in San Antonio," 6 Mar. 2018 So AOD Farms moved to the outskirts and started raising chickens for meat, known as broilers. The Economist, "How the growth of cities changes farming," 15 Feb. 2018

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circa 1599, in the meaning defined above

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