Definition of no man's land in English:

no man's land

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Disputed ground between the front lines or trenches of two opposing armies.

    ‘enemy soldiers facing you across no man's land’
    • ‘A shell erupted overhead, spraying no-man's-land with color and light, and Grundling saw what the sound was.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the enemies on no-man's-land shake hands again and shut their respective gates with ferocious movements.’
    • ‘As a result, many emerging companies found themselves in a kind of no-man's-land when it came to financing their future growth.’
    • ‘As a result of all this, there is really no word left to define that no-man's-land between youth and age.’
    • ‘Now, everything seems transitional - we're in a sort of no-man's-land between the object and the information.’
    • ‘Muhammad and Tahseen had helped me explore the back roads and smugglers' routes in the no-man's-land surrounding government-controlled Kirkuk.’
    • ‘On 15 September 1916, at the Battle of the Somme, after horrific infantry losses, forty-nine Mark I tanks were sent in to support infantry attacks across no-man's-land.’
    • ‘He was awarded the Military Cross after fearlessly walking into no-man's-land between the opposing troops to comfort wounded and dying soldiers.’
    • ‘At 5am on Christmas Day, British and German troops walk across no-man's-land, talking and exchanging souvenirs.’
    • ‘The most critical hour of your workday is 3 o'clock, that nutritional no-man's-land between lunch and dinner when your head starts to nod and your eyelids start clamping to your eyes.’
    • ‘Before the end of the war, however, the ineffectiveness of cavalry units in modern warfare had been realised and he was given a new, even more dangerous role - as a scout in no-man's-land.’
    • ‘It thus appears to lie in what Stankov has called the no-man's-land between personality and intelligence.’
    • ‘And the no-man's-land between the two parties is where presidential contests are won and lost.’
    • ‘To the north, Americans and Kurdish fighters took up positions in the no-man's-land south of the Kurdish autonomous region.’
    • ‘For about 350 of those kilometers inside Iraq, it's complete no-man's-land.’
    1. 1.1An indeterminate or undefined place or state.
      ‘the no man's land between the two parties is where presidential contests are won and lost’
      ‘an unmapped no man's land between the traditional command economy and the market’
      • ‘Part surreal satire on human domesticity, part gentle study of male loneliness, Bent Hamer's engaging little movie occupies a strange no man's land between little-known history and pure Pythonesque looniness.’
      • ‘The BMA yesterday called on the British Government to put more money into services which specifically target adolescents, which it said were stuck in a no man's land between child and adult health services.’
      • ‘Right now, we are in no man's land, politically.’
      • ‘The period between Christmas and New Year is a strange form of no man's land where we muse and watch the rain fall.’
      • ‘We are left in a moral no man's land, unable to determine what's sacred.’
      • ‘These men ended up in a bureaucratic no man's land, coming under neither the regulations regarding prisoners nor those about soldiers.’
      • ‘After languishing in an anti-fashion no man's land for a good 10 years, the cocktail enjoyed a renaissance in the early Nineties.’
      • ‘Remix collections rarely satisfy fully, usually falling into a no man's land which fans of the original artists have little interest in exploring.’
      • ‘Few bands have traversed the no man's land between art and commerce quite like The Dears.’
      • ‘Located somewhere in the no man's land between popular and so-called serious music, the digital sound improvisations of Errorsmith are performed on self-built digital instruments.’
      • ‘The band's minimalist attitude occasionally strands them in an electro no man's land.’
      • ‘The Tories risked being caught in political no man's land.’
      • ‘Devoted to exploring the experience of exile, Expulsion strives to inhabit "the no man's land between dreaming and waking life, that seemingly eternal moment where regret, nostalgia and desire meet."’
      • ‘Pet cloning exists in a regulatory no man's land.’
      • ‘He is a citizen without a country, trapped in a no man's land of fast food outlets and endless shopping opportunities.’
      • ‘As the UK's fifth biggest bank, it appears to be caught in no man's land - not small enough to be a niche banker but not quite big enough to compete with the market leaders on an equal footing either.’
      • ‘His request was rejected, and he found himself in a bizarre no man's land: exiled from home and barred from entering France.’
    2. 1.2[count noun]A piece of unowned land or wasteland.
      ‘between Riverside Drive and Central Park West was a no man's land, a zone of welfare tenements’
      • ‘This is the generally scummy and rat-infested old mall in the terrifyingly sprawling no-man's-land of Tuscaloosa.’
      • ‘Potsdamer Platz, once a no-man's-land across which concrete barriers and barbed wire stretched, now has a McDonald's and Starbucks.’
      • ‘Beyond the checkpost at Thal, a tiny, fly-blown, windblown nowhere of a village on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas, is a no-man's-land where the only law is that of the gun and the tribe.’
      • ‘In the late 1990s, for instance, developer Larry Silverstein built an apartment tower on 42nd Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel - previously a residential no-man's-land.’
      • ‘And I don't want the world to become a barren no-man's-land run by roaches.’
      • ‘The perimeter around the airport used to be a no-man's-land; anyone on the property was immediately suspicious.’

Origin

Middle English: originally the name of a plot of ground lying outside the north wall of the city of London, the site of a place of execution.