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EtymologyEdit

From bailie (bailiff) and wick (dwelling), from Old English wīc.

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  • enPR: bā'lĭ-wĭk, IPA(key): /ˈbeɪ.lɪ.wɪk/
  • (file)

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bailiwick (plural bailiwicks)

  1. The district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
    The Bailiwick of Jersey.
  2. A person's concern or sphere of operations, their area of skill or authority.
    • 1961, Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt:
      I established the fairly well-understood pattern that affairs of state were not in my bailiwick.

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