One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remote country districts, especially when considered to be unsophisticated or conservative.
countryside, green belt, great outdoorsView synonyms
- ‘Even so this was chiefly at the expense of Labour, while the Nationalist tide rose still higher on the backveld.’
- ‘These state-printed-and-distributed texts were an important medium for educating the backveld in geological theory and hydraulic engineering practice.’
- ‘Thus inducted, these mechanic para-geologists were dispersed through the backveld, each in charge of a drill, and spent a minimum of three years working in a division to acquire experience, reading and boring the local geology.’
- ‘The motor-car was now beginning to make its first appearance in the backveld, and a small motor transport corps rendered excellent service.’
- ‘The popular antipathy on the backveld towards geological and engineering science constituted a serious ideological obstacle to state water boring.’
Partial translation of Afrikaans agterveld, literally ‘back countryside’.
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