One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Egypt was still a province of the Ottoman Empire’
territory, region, state, department, canton, area, district, sector, zone, division, administrative area, administrative district, administrative division, administrative unit
colony, settlement, dominion, fief, protectorate, mandate, dependency, possession, holding, satellite state
2the provinces‘wages were higher in London than in the provinces’
non-metropolitan areas, non-metropolitan counties, the rest of the country, middle America, middle England, rural areas, rural districts, the countryside, the backwoods, the wilds, the wilderness, the back of beyond
informal the sticks, the middle of nowhere
North American informal the boondocks
3‘that's outside my province, I'm afraid’
area of responsibility, area of activity, area of interest, area of knowledge, area, department, responsibility, sphere, world, realm, field, discipline, domain, territory, orbit, preserve, business, affair, line of business, line, speciality, forte, line of country, charge, concern, worry, duty, jurisdiction, authority
informal pigeon, bailiwick, turf
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