devil strip

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The tree-lined grassy area to the right is a devil strip

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Etymology[edit]

devil +‎ strip, from the area’s status as a no man's land between private and public property, devil or devil's in place names meaning “barren, unproductive and unused”.[1][2]

Compare devil's lane (narrow area between two parallel fences), devil's footstep (barren spot of land).

Noun[edit]

devil strip (plural devil strips)

  1. (US, Akron, Ohio) The grassy area between the sidewalk and the street.

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  1. ^ Dictionary of Regional American English
  2. ^ Word Detective: Tales from the berm