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boondocks (BOON-doks) noun
1. An uninhabited area filled with thick brush.
2. A rural area; backwoods.
[From Tagalog bundok (mountain).]
"Once in the boondocks following the slump in industrial activity
in the last few years, the company is now on its way back to
"Even if upstart Espoo has taken over the mantle of the second-largest
city in Finland, Tampere has at least been faring better than Turku
and the other West Coast cities, let alone those places in the
boondocks and in Northern Finland, many of which are suffering
This week's theme: Words originating in Southeast Asian countries
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