from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The western United States during the period of its settlement, especially with reference to its lawlessness.
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- proper n. The western United States during the 19th-century era of settlement, commonly believed to be lawless and unruly.
- proper n. A place or situation in which disorderly behavior prevails, especially due to a lack of regulatory oversight or an inadequate legal system.
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- n. the western United States during its frontier period
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