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Originally: in or to the territory to the west of the early American settlements; (in later use) in or to the distant West of the United States. Also in extended use: in or to the western parts of Canada or Australia.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Hoffman (1806–1884). Apparently partly from out [preposition, interjection] + west, and partly from out [preposition, interjection] + west.
out West/ˌaʊt ˈwɛst/
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