Old West

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the Old West

  1. The western part of the United States during the 19th-century era of expansion and settlement.
    • 1918, Stewart Edward White, chapter 5, in The Forty-Niners:
      It can well be imagined what disaster could descend upon a camping party in a wilderness such as the Old West, amidst the enemies which that wilderness supported.
    • 2005 Sept. 18, Richard Corliss, "Movies: Sticking to Their Guns," Time:
      In the Old West—anyway in the old westerns—morality and mechanics went gun-in-hand.

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