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    advancing into our back yard

    Hi. It's a story of a Latvian Jew during the WWII. I do not understand the expression "Now the war was advancing into our back yard". Does it mean that the war was very close or maybe the war had gotten over and was now moving away? Thank you.

    "The German military situation continued to get worse. The Western Allies landed in Normandy on
    6 June 1944, and the Soviets began their summer offensive on 23 June. The Red Army crossed the Latvian
    border on 18 July. Now the war was advancing into our back yard."

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    Re: advancing into our back yard

    Your first guess is correct - the war had come to their area or region at that point.

    Also, thank you for citing the source of your question. Nicely done.
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    Re: advancing into our back yard

    I'd just like add that the author of this text would appreciate a mention.

    Note: AmE yard = BrE garden in many contexts.

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    Re: advancing into our back yard

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    Note: AmE yard = BrE garden in many contexts.
    For me, a backyard (in BrE) is a paved area with no greenery or flowers, almost a purely functional space where someone might work on their bike/motorbike/car. A back garden (in BrE) might have a patio (small paved area) but would probably have tubs, flower beds, shrubs, trees etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: advancing into our back yard

    I reckon it don't much matter what your purpose, when there's a tank sitting in it.

    Regardless of semantics, it's still the same metaphorical distance - uncomfortably close and personal.
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