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purlieu

1. English history land on the edge of a forest that was once included within the bounds of the royal forest but was later separated although still subject to some of the forest laws, esp regarding hunting
2. a neighbouring area; outskirts
3. Rare a district or suburb, esp one that is poor or squalid
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The management of such a large government impossible, the anti-Federalists warn of the slippery slope toward "the purlieus of despotism," stimulating the anxieties of readers still haunted by the specter of British monarchy (274).
The prosperous purlieus of Bieldside and Peterculter in Aberdeen South are more than balanced out by Kincorth and Garthdee.
The legends and stories of the forests testified to the fact that poor woods-people and the peasants of the purlieus could find friends in the densest regions of the forest against the oppressions not only of princes and seigneurs but also of their more recent enemies--the tax collector, the forest police, and the apostles of scientific forest management.
He thought Joe Fletcher's display of Purlieus, designed for the National Dance Company Wales, might offer a way around this problem and give lighting design exhibitions a more tactile quality.
For those who are familiar with the purlieus of southeasternmost London and northwesternmost Kent, to learn that Wheeler-Bennett was born in Keston in 1902, the son of an importer, evokes certain slightly cloying ideas--rising middle classes minding their Ps and Qs to prove their respectability, comfortably conservative politics admixed with imperialism, chapel or Anglican evangelism, Victorian villas looking onto substantial grounds bordered by privet, curtseying domestics, stiff collars for Papa, parasols for Mama, sailor suits for little Johnny.
Joe and I shared a birthday, which necessitated playful annual phone calls, and we had some memorable dinners, and sometimes late evening conversation and a drink at one of the equivocal purlieus of Faulkner talking, "the best talking of all.
In the purlieus of the London avant-garde, the momentous consummation of this development was, of course, Pound's two-line epic "In a Station of the Metro":
And resident designer Joe Fletcher and choreographer and dancer Lee Johnston present Purlieus, fusing movement with animation and light to create an immersive experience.
One more theme that leaps from the pages of Grand Pursuit is the frequency and ease with which the principal members of Nasar's cast of characters crossed the borders between their sequestered academic purlieus and the open, free-for-all fields of politics and the media.
The city shall ever follow you In these same streets you shall ever wander; And in the same purlieus you shall roam And in the same house you shall grow grey.
The comfortable, prosperous, imitation-of-the-West life does not entice Stasiuk--it's too self-satisfied, predictable, and dull, starving the imagination that runs riot in his favorite purlieus that teem with marginal men.
Centuries of afforestation, disafforestation and royal charters had divided England's hunting land into a complex network of forests, chases, warrens, parks, and purlieus each with their associated, and highly specific, legal status, as well as an army of different courts and officials to preside over disputes.