American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority. See Synonyms at field.
- n. The office or district of a bailiff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The county within which a sheriff exercises his office; the precincts in which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority, as (in England) a hundred, a liberty, or a forest over which a bailiff is appointed.
- n. the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
- n. a person's concern or sphere of operations, their area of skill or authority.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) The precincts within which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority.
- n. the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
- n. a branch of knowledge
- From bailie ("bailiff") and wick ("dwelling"), from Old English wīc. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bailliwik : baillif, bailiff; see bailiff + wik, town (from Old English wīc, from Latin vīcus; see vicinity). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As Jim has mentioned, my bailiwick is law firm libraries, as opposed to academic libraries.”
“What I'm trying to say is, your basic religion doesn't seem to make much of a difference to your belief (or lack of it) in the things that are more in my bailiwick, which is any kind of contact with the dead.”
“And I think I'm probably taking you outside a little bit of your bailiwick, which is intelligence.”
“Also in my bailiwick was the International Court of Justice, the judicial arm of the United Nations, housed in the Carnegie-endowed Peace Palace.”
“The county within which the sheriff exercises his jurisdiction is still called his bailiwick, while the term bailiff is retained as a title by the chief magistrates of various towns and the keepers of royal castles, as the high bailiff of Westminster, the bailiff of Dover Castle, &c.”
“An inferior court known as the bailiwick tried ordinary civil suits and breaches of the peace.”
“However, he said decisions about moves into Japan are not within Mr. Jacobs '"bailiwick," indicating the direction of regional development will be led by Las Vegas Sands management, rather than the Macau-based Mr. Jacobs.”
“WILLIS: I could go to a question though that I know is great in your bailiwick which is if I'm unemployed, can I still get a new loan?”
“Rodgers that, not being in our "bailiwick," he could not give me a consular salute from his guns, he ordered the ship's steam launch, and, escorted by the Lieutenant, under our national banner, I soon boarded my ship.”
“If she plans to constrain Bill Clinton to the traditional confines of the First Lady – that is, the bailiwick to which she was confined as First Lady, it means Bill Clinton’s sage advice will be about as useful as a taxi driver’s insight on a long trip uptown.”
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