One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person from the remote and sparsely inhabited interior.‘you could tell he was a backblocker from his deep suntan and the looseness in his stance’
countryman, countrywoman, peasant, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, country bumpkin, bumpkin, yokel, country cousinView synonyms
- ‘The unfortunate backblocker is compelled to take a smaller amount then the British Government paid.’
- ‘He's a real backblocker; has lived on the frontier all his life.’
- ‘Rumours circulated that would have staggered a backblocker.’
- ‘Where the bush merges into the silent desert, the backblocker has his home.’
- ‘Any backblocker would have come right out with it, in four letters.’
- ‘He was a typical back-blocker, dry and wiry, nasally cocksure, insolently cool.’
- ‘He's the only poet of the backblocker.’
- ‘There were some real backblocker chaps, who donned new moleskins for the occasion.’
- ‘She never married yet because she doesn't want a backblocker.’
- ‘And if a born backblocker may make so bold, it's a fair old treat to see a new chum camping out for the fun of it!’
Mid 19th century: from backblocks + -er.
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