The back of beyond

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The back of beyond (De Quincey) a humorous phrase for any place a great way off
    • The back of beyond (De Quincey) a humorous phrase for any place a great way off
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. begeondan—pfx. be-, and geond, across, beyond. See Yon.

Usage

In literature:

The furniture, tapestries and ornaments were all of an epoch two centuries back, and the whole picture fascinated Patty beyond all words.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
I was walkin' along not two hundred yards beyond the stable when something soft hit me on the back of the head.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He would take her beyond the reach of the old evil influences, where he could guide her back to the paths she had lost.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
It was beyond the analysis of reason, but for the first time in his life he longed to hold back that sun.
"Omega, the Man" by Lowell Howard Morrow
Back of and beyond all these lie the things of the spirit.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
They date back beyond the tradition of living men, and each has its name and character.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
The railroad bridge at Johnstown deserves attention beyond that which it is receiving on account of the way it held back the flood.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Gregory leaped nimbly beyond reach of the Russian's waving arms and placed his back to the moonlight.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
A narrow piece of wood projected there beyond the level face of the back of the desk.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
In the little passage beyond he paused at the door of the back parlor.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
I know nothing about it, beyond the evidence of my senses, backed up by some acquaintance with blizzards.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
First you must seek the Three Grey Women, who dwell beyond the land that lies at the back of the North Wind.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
This was back of the beyond, the wasteland of earth.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Beyond Gideon Roux' homestead, on the side furthest from the tents, is an open space, backed by the steep slope of the hillside.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
Could he not get back far enough into the hole to be beyond the reach of spears?
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Beyond the room is a passage of polished wood, so polished that it gives back the reflections of the white paper wall.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Then we turned back, just the width of the drag hooks beyond.
"Kastle Krags" by Absalom Martin
He found Lambert Planter waiting beyond the old boundary behind a screen of bushes, his hands held behind his back.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Moreover, beyond a given point in any affair of the heart he seemed unable to advance: some secret, inner tension held him back.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Before she could strike again, it had struggled back out of the hole, beyond reach.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
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In poetry:

I read whatever bards have sung
Of lands beyond the sea,
And the bright days when I was young
Come thronging back to me.
"Travels" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Father of Lakes! thy waters bend,
Beyond the eagle's utmost view,
When, throned in heaven, he sees thee send
Back to the sky its world of blue.
"Lake Superior" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Two of the callow young she lays,
Beyond the peril of the blaze;
But while the last she rears,
The other little ones distrest
Crawl back within the burning nest,
And aggravate her fears.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
The still sweet meadows shimmered: and I stood
And cursed them, bloom of hedge and bird of tree,
And bright and high beyond the hunch-backed wood
The thunder and the splendour of the sea.
"The Hope Of The Streets" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Sadly on Time's heaving ocean,
Waving darkly o'er Youth's Paradise,
Back gaze we ever with dim tearful eyes,
Seeking old joys beyond its rude commotion,
Seeking the old world glories pass'd away,
Seeking the golden shores of Life's Cathay.
"Sea Margins" by Walter Richard Cassels
We turned our horses' heads out west, beyond the farthest track,
With nothing but an alien star to light the journey back.
The echoes mocked us as we went, and silence startled sat
When out beyond the rim of things we marched with Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien

In news:

Some of the problems go back to last year's growing season and some even beyond that.
With aftermarket suspension, tires, and brakes getting better and better, the older muscle cars and classic Bow Ties are capable of handling way beyond what the Chevy engineers could expect back in the day.
Even way in the back, beyond a usually curtained-off area, the mass of people was thick.
Careening your boat on a bank that dries out at low tide may be your only option when cruising in the back of beyond.
Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated - beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then.
WASHINGTON—Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated — beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then.
She said he will be pleasantly surprised to get some of his money back, as bidders who were at the auction would not go beyond an $8,500 bid.
The majority of the garden stretches beyond the Victorian gazebo at back left.
Beyond his shoestring operation, the backing of prominent social conservatives is playing an important, often behind-the-scenes role in bolstering his quiet winter surge.
The eighth film from Powderwhore Productions offers a wide range of stories from the back of beyond.
Kafka 's work on his craft goes beyond extra throws, though, and continues into early-morning and late-night film sessions in which he has compiled a notebook of scouting reports on every defensive back the Eagles have faced.
Beyond a slight, nagging dread in the back of my mind, I don't think much about laundry.
With I-95 northbound closed at Sheridan Street, traffic was backed up beyond Hallandale Beach Boulevard on Wednesday shortly before 7:45 a.m. ( Photo courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation / November 21, 2012 ).
The traffic is backed up beyond Smith Road because of a tanker that overturned on Interstate 10 west near Labelle Road Wednesday afternoon.
Former Def Jam music man talks about the importance of expanding his brand beyond the industry and giving back by paying it forward.
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In science:

For a given value of α, the τ − ν plane is divided into three regions: one in which shells cannot even advance beyond the stellar surface, one in which the shell may initially rise, but is pulled back, and one in which the shell breaks out.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Amendola has argued that all the required structure formation and other relevant observations regarding the supernovae could well be explained even if the alleged acceleration of universe started quite a long time back, even beyond z = 5.
Acceleration of the universe with a simple trigonometric potential
Apart from this, the least-squares spectrum analysis (the idea goes back to Van´ı ˇcek 1971) with more complicated model fun ctions than full sine functions is beyond the scope of this paper (e.g. including linear trends, Walker et al. 1995 or multiple sine functions).
The generalised Lomb-Scargle periodogram. A new formalism for the floating-mean and Keplerian periodograms
For example, if we start our journey at the origin r = 0 of the upper plane of constant coordinate time shown in fig. 10 and seek to travel back to the origin r = 0 of the lower plane, we first follow a timelike world line leading from the origin to a point beyond the critical G¨odel radius.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
We request the PRC to endorse our planning towards 2012, to acknowledge the importance and relevance of a continuation of the studies beyond that date, and finallly to back up our test beam requests.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Solution of these equations for a particular plasma problem is beyond the scope of this paper. These equations can be transformed back into coordinate space using the 7-9, recovering the conventional equations with additional terms transform relations dependent on random radiation.
Coherent effects in the stochastic electrodynamics of two-fluid plasma
However, for the multiplicative Fujiyama landscape there is no delocalization phase transition, although there exists a mutation rate beyond which the tip of the peak is occupied only due to rare back mutations.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Its origin can be traced back at least to Sandage’s (1962) discussion of the outer parts of IC 1613, which, on Baade’s deep red photographic plates, showed an envelope of faint red stars that extended outwards significantly beyond the main parts of the galaxy.
The Outer Edges of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies: Stars and Gas
Irreversibility has already been taken into account by Golubovic et al. , with the introduction of a minimum crack opening beyond which the crack can not heal back.
Thermal activation of rupture and slow crack growth in a model of homogenous brittle materials
Beyond this point, as depicted in figure 9 (b), the position of the shock is driven back towards the ‘exit’ boundary, thus reducing the Shock-Low phase until it is finally gone.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in a Non-Conserving Two-Species Driven Model
The profile could be slightly blueshifted if some [Ne II] emission occurs in a photoevaporative flow beyond the dust clearing radius, where emission on the back side of the disk would not be detectable.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
We’re taking one step back from our works to contemplate them all, and not the three steps which would be necessary to encompass the whole domain, as it would take us beyond the scope of this book.
Different goals in multiscale simulations and how to reach them
Researchers back the idea that further measurements of space beyond the achieved limit of 10−18m will facilitate a solution of the mass origin problem.
Were the ancient Greeks right that space is continuous material plenum?
To finally assess the field compatibility of the technique beyond what had previously been demonstrated, we moved the detector back into the direct beam and looked at the contrast of the MIEZE signal as a function of a horizontal magnetic field at the sample position.
Tests of Modulated Intensity Small Angle Scattering in time of flight mode
Therefore, beyond wisp 2 we expect to see two populations of wisps – ones moving with the background decelerating flow (slow magnetosonic and Alfven waves), and fast magnetosonic perturbations that can be traced back to the shock in the pairs at wisp 1.
Time-dependence in Relativistic Collisionless Shocks: Theory of the Variable "Wisps" in the Crab Nebula
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