Etymology
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bailiwick (n.)

mid-15c., "district of a bailiff, jurisdiction of a royal officer or under-sheriff," a contraction of baillifwik, from bailiff (q.v.) + Middle English wik, from Old English wic "village" (see wick (n.2)). The figurative sense of "one's natural or proper sphere" is by 1843.

updated on October 02, 2022

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