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Rural life, especially as distinct from that of the town or city. Also: the lifestyle or pursuits (such as riding, hunting, fishing, etc.) regarded as typical of landed gentry. Also as a count noun: a life spent in the country.
Mid 16th century. From country + life.
country life/ˌkʌntrɪ ˈlʌɪf/
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