the back of beyond | the back of the beyond

Meaning: You can say a place is in the back of beyond, or the back of the beyond, if it's very far from towns or cities.

For example:

  • Why do you want to live way out in the desert? It's in the back of beyond.

  • Ivan went to visit his cousins in a tiny village in the back of the beyond. It took him a long time to get there.

Note: "The back of beyond" is used more in British and Australian English, while "the back of the beyond" is used more in American English.

Quick Quiz:

My Uncle Jed lives in a little old cabin in the back of beyond, right near

a. a subway station

b. a baseball stadium

c. a mountain range

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Contributor: Matt Errey