Meaning of wide brown land in English:

wide brown land

noun

Australian
  • A name for Australia.

    ‘the richness and complexity of life in the wide brown land’
    • ‘We live in the centre of this wide brown land, far away, yet roughly equidistant from, any beach in Australia.’
    • ‘He is relishing this last tour around the wide brown land before gallivanting off overseas again.’
    • ‘The bus shelter is a desolate place in the middle of nowhere and the three occupants surely represent three types of people so often found right across this wide brown land.’
    • ‘These powerful Australians hope to radically shift government policy on water resources and make a move at last towards drought-proofing this wide brown land.’
    • ‘They'd entered into an agreement to serve up a series of concerts around this here wide brown land.’
    • ‘Ordinary Australians gathered in shopping centres across this wide brown land to watch the service on large screens.’
    • ‘I got out to the centre of this wide brown land from its biggest city and spent a lot of time staring out the car window at the bare South Australia.’
    • ‘After living in Australia for many years, I thought I was familiar with every hideous bitey thing this wide brown land had to offer.’
    • ‘I have travelled far and wide in this wide brown land, and many of my travels have been sustained by the magic of the coffee bean.’
    • ‘The regeneration of representative democracy in this wide brown land may have to come from independents representing the people directly.’

Origin

1908 from the poem ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackellar (1885–1968).