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Bailiwick in a Sentence

Examples of bailiwick in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of bailiwick, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction

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EXAMPLES - Bailiwick in a Sentence

  1. CASTRO: You know, Larry, that's out of my bailiwick. (source)
  2. KING: All right, David Cornwell, this is your bailiwick. (source)
  3. Not in our bailiwick; but yet there it isin the newspapers. (source)
  4. Everything that the Clintons secretly believe is their personal bailiwick. (source)
  5. CONE: My understanding is there's a media pool, but that is not really my bailiwick. (source)
  6. As Jim has mentioned, my bailiwick is law firm libraries, as opposed to academic libraries. (source)
  7. An inferior court known as the bailiwick tried ordinary civil suits and breaches of the peace. (source)
  8. Even in respect to energy policy, her supposed bailiwick, she has been categorically ineffective. (source)
  9. And I think I'm probably taking you outside a little bit of your bailiwick, which is intelligence. (source)
  10. I won't rehash the whole discussion, but something relevant to my own bailiwick popped up the other day. (source)
  11. The United Nations 'failure to live up to its ideals has been, for a variety of reasons, a conservative bailiwick. (source)
  12. But many of us have graduated from the comics or sports section, my bailiwick in my youth, to Shakespeare and beyond. (source)
  13. They wonder if this is the beginning of infringing on freedoms that the church has considered its bailiwick, said Doss. (source)
  14. He was elected to the Electoral Assembly to represent the nobility from the bailiwick around his country place at Mantes. (source)
  15. As far as this whole Truther vs. Birther thing goes, I think Mr. Jones will be fine as long as he sticks to his bailiwick. (source)
  16. Of course, this would fly in the face of Ms. Varney's agenda, which is to expand the bailiwick of the Washington antitrust bar. (source)
  17. Those subjects are outside the E&E Subcommittee's legislative bailiwick but within the Select Committee's bully-pulpit bailiwick. (source)
  18. I've been familiar with his ferocious dogs for some time, but didn't realize that other natural scenes where within his bailiwick. (source)
  19. WILLIS: I could go to a question though that I know is great in your bailiwick which is if I'm unemployed, can I still get a new loan? (source)
  20. "You mean, if they do come back - or if they're loose in your bailiwick now - you won't know of it until Calcutta sees fit to tell you?" (source)
  21. Also in my bailiwick was the International Court of Justice, the judicial arm of the United Nations, housed in the Carnegie-endowed Peace Palace. (source)
  22. Rs aren't used to getting outspent -- money was supposed to be their bailiwick (oops!) -- and it should produce some awful contortions and skullduggery. (source)
  23. Love (formerly Dream) is in Orange's former council bailiwick; to this day, Orange holds a yearly birthday bash at the club, complete with custom invites. (source)
  24. From Canal Flats to Spillimacheen, you are perfectly scattered across the unique, sprawling community that I have had the privilege to call my 'bailiwick' and home since 1991. (source)
  25. "ADA Alexandra Cooper's 11th case takes her about as far from her bailiwick as head of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit as you can getinto the bowels of the New York Public Library." (source)
  26. If President Barack Obama lifts the embargo unilaterally, he will send a message to the Castros and the rest of Latin America that human rights and democracy are not his bailiwick. (source)
  27. To my mind that begs the question, If patriotism is their private bailiwick, are those of us who truly believe that access to health care is the most basic of civil rights, unpatriotic? (source)
  28. And minus a few confessions from people like Rousseau or St. Augustine -- or the distinctly masculine Casanova biopic subgenre of someone like Tucker Max -- it's largely the bailiwick of women. (source)
  29. Married to a South Side native, and, by inference, to the South Side itself, the wandering hero has at last come home, in -- as it so happens -- the very heart of Bobby Rush's political bailiwick. (source)
  30. The State Department, under Secretary Clinton's leadership, has been lambasted for conducting a shoddy review process for the pipeline it's their bailiwick, since the KXL will cross from Canada into the U.S. (source)
  31. What I'm trying to say is, your basic religion doesn't seem to make much of a difference to your belief (or lack of it) in the things that are more in my bailiwick, which is any kind of contact with the dead. (source)
  32. Rodgers that, not being in our "bailiwick," he could not give me a consular salute from his guns, he ordered the ship's steam launch, and, escorted by the Lieutenant, under our national banner, I soon boarded my ship. (source)
  33. However, he said decisions about moves into Japan are not within Mr. Jacobs '"bailiwick," indicating the direction of regional development will be led by Las Vegas Sands management, rather than the Macau-based Mr. Jacobs. (source)
  34. Maybe then they can join the conversation about growth that's already underway in many quarters -- not just within the Obama administration, but also in the private sector, which, Mr. Henninger claims, is the Republicans 'political bailiwick. (source)
  35. We'd had a few agents up that way ourselves, in my time, fellows like Burnes and Stoddart, trying to undermine Russian influence, but with our retreat from Afghanistan it was well out of our bailiwick now, and the Russians would no doubt eat up the tribes at their leisure. (source)
  36. The county within which the sheriff exercises his jurisdiction is still called his bailiwick, while the term bailiff is retained as a title by the chief magistrates of various towns and the keepers of royal castles, as the high bailiff of Westminster, the bailiff of Dover Castle, &c. (source)
  37. Bong-Bong Marcos, a popular congressman from his fathers bailiwick of Ilocos Norte where he also served as governor for several terms has perhaps one of the most recognized names in Philippine Politics and huge base of supporters to count of from his fathers and mothers terms in office. (source)
  38. If the estimated costs of military spending lodged in other parts of the federal budget (like funding for nuclear weapons which is considered the bailiwick of the Department of Energy), as well as miscellaneous non-Defense Department defense costs -- about $23 billion last time around -- are also included, then President Obama's first military budget should come in at around $670 billion. (source)
  39. The next day he, with other lodgers in the Tavern, was put through an examination by police and county officials from Saint Elizabeth, and notified that, while he was not under suspicion or surveillance, it would be necessary for him to remain in the "bailiwick" until detectives, already on the way, were satisfied that he possessed no knowledge that would be useful to them in clearing up what had now assumed the dignity of a "national problem." (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "bailiwick" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 9 synonyms for bailiwick.

area, beat, diocese, district, jurisdiction, neighborhood, province, realm, territory


We have 0 antonyms for bailiwick.


Pronunciation: (bāˈlə-wĭkˌ)

Syllabification: bail-i-wick


View up to 25 definitions of bailiwick from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A person's specific area of interest, skill, or authority. See Synonyms at field.
  2. (noun) The office or district of a bailiff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) the district within which a bailie or bailiff has jurisdiction.
  2. (noun) a person's concern or sphere of operations, their area of skill or authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The precincts within which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) The county within which a sheriff exercises his office; the precincts in which a bailiff has jurisdiction; the limits of a bailiff's authority, as (in England) a hundred, a liberty, or a forest over which a bailiff is appointed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
  2. (noun) a branch of knowledge