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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In rural Montana, he also was convenient to the disintegrated spirit of Pan, which roamed the Wild West in the company of the disintegrated spirit of Coyote.
With its portable toilets and big rigs in the lot, the rest area had a rough two-day-growth-of-beard-and-spit ambience, a kind of Wild West of the Italian road peopled by characters who looked unhappy and rootless.
Then they moved, at exactly the same time, lifting and firing their guns simultaneously, like a pair of Wild West gunslingers—
It played with his old Wild West fantasies, which had first been cultivated in front of the TV in the golden decade of the fifties, when Paladin, Marshal Dillon, Chris Colt, Cheyenne, and the boys from Laramie and Bonanza had dominated the American popular imagination.
The place had a Wild West feel: a classical town hall complete with Doric columns presided over a wide main street, entirely deserted in the afternoon heat, a single pub with balconied rooms above, filling station, caf, barbershop, agricultural stores and a cluster of utes parked end-on.
The rugged looks that he had inherited from his parents, the face and build of a frontiersman or Wild West cowboy, embodied a maverick quality that many people in America, Europe, and the Far East secretly identified with.
Surtees might indeed send the police after me, and although they wouldn't try to catch me on horseback like a Wild West posse, at some point or other I would very likely find myself vulnerably back on a road.
The Los Angeles "Examiner", the only paper in the city with a pretense to radicalism, turns loose its star-writer -- one of those journalist virtuosos who will describe you a Wild West "rodeo" one day, and a society elopement the next, and a G.O. P. convention the next; and always with his picture, one inch square, at the head of his effusion.
I might have returned his earlier question aimed at me, for his own demonstration of phlegmatic behaviour made me wonder if it was his own nature, Orientals in general, or a result of living in San Francisco, which after all was not so very far removed from its Wild West roots.