the outback


: the part of Australia that is far from cities and where few people live

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, many of the cattle at Waterloo Station would end up on giant trucks called road trains to cross the outback, then on boats to Indonesia, where they’d be fattened and slaughtered according to guidelines blending Islamic practices with Western ideas of animal welfare. Damien Cave George Steinmetz, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 As a range of awful thoughts filled his head, Evenson worked to arrange a phone call from the outback. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2022 For passengers looking to further explore the outback, there are several add-on experiences, like a plane ride from Alice Springs to Australia's famous Uluru rock. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 13 Mar. 2022 Australian authorities and mining giant Rio Tinto are scrambling to find a small radioactive capsule lost somewhere along a near-900-mile stretch of road in the outback. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2023 Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28), is set in the outback of the colony of South Australia in 1883. Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine , 6 Jan. 2023 Intense, bold and fearless, this cologne is up for any challenge, whether that’s a trek through the outback or a keynote presentation. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 The Tasmanian tiger could start roaming the outback again. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 This wild frontier, described by guides as the outback of Chile, is new to the tourism game. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 18 June 2022 See More

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“The outback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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