He had lost his job out west and saw little hope of finding another one.
What does "out west" mean in this sentence? Is there any cultural connotation?
[AmE - not a teacher]
In the US, we collocate these words "out west" and "back east", to represent the other side of the country from where you are currently. I think the east-to-west sense is embedded in the language because of how the country was settled.