1) N-COUNT A backyard is an area of land at the back of a house.
2) N-COUNT: with poss If you refer to a country's own backyard, you are referring to its own territory or to somewhere that is very close and where that country wants to influence events.

Economics will not stop Europe's politicians complaining when jobs are lost in their own backyard...

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, an area that the United States has long regarded as its own backyard.

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