One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A town in northern Mali; population 35,600 (est. 2009). Formerly a major trading center for gold and salt on the trans-Saharan trade routes, it reached the height of its prosperity in the 16th century but fell into decline after its capture by the Moroccans in 1591.French name Tombouctou
- 1.1 Used in reference to a remote or extremely distant place.‘from here to Timbuktu’
- ‘If someone tells you they're going from here to Timbuktu you probably think they're on the road to nowhere.’
- ‘Her already far away eyes began to beat a swift path for Timbuktu.’
- ‘Also, since you're not moving to Timbuktu or anything, you can always visit your old stomping grounds.’
- ‘They say that if you don't shut-up and listen they'll send you to Timbuktu.’
- ‘You would hear the screams from here to Timbuktu.’
- 1.1 Used in reference to a remote or extremely distant place.
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