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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

no′ man's` land`(n.)

  1. an area between warring armies that no one controls.

    Category: Military

  2. an area where guidelines and authority are not clear.

  3. an unclaimed tract of usu. barren land.

Origin of no man's land:

1300–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. no man's land(noun)

    an unoccupied area between the front lines of opposing armies

  2. no man's land(noun)

    land that is unowned and uninhabited (and usually undesirable)

  3. twilight zone, no man's land(noun)

    the ambiguous region between two categories or states or conditions (usually containing some features of both)

    "but there is still a twilight zone, the tantalizing occurrences that are probably noise but might possibly be a signal"; "in the twilight zone between humor and vulgarity"; "in that no man's land between negotiation and aggression"

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  1. No man's land

    No man's land is land that is unoccupied or is under dispute between parties that leave it unoccupied due to fear or uncertainty. The term was originally used to define a contested territory or a dumping ground for refuse between fiefdoms. It is most commonly associated with the First World War to describe the area of land between two enemy trench systems to which neither side wished to move openly or to seize due to fear of being attacked by the enemy in the process.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

no-man's-land(noun)

land which no-one owns or controls, especially between opposing armies.

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