no-man's-land

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1. an uncertain or undefined situation/state

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in a bit of a no-man's-land

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A no-man's-land, (noun) is ground or on land which is considered unowned, wasteland or a disputed territory (usually between two opposing armies). A no-man's-land can also refer to an undefined or ambiguous place or state.

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  1. In terms of legality, the foreign company's attempted takeover of the local business was a bit of a no-man's-land as there was no precedent for it.
  2. Despite their success, the company's owners found themselves in no-man's-land. The problem was that they were too big for their small domestic market, yet not big enough to compete with the major corporations in the international market. 

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  1. The patch of land between the commercial units is a no man's land and could potentially be turned into something useful for the community.
  2. People experiencing homelessness often exist in a no man's land with no address and therefore no hope of finding work or access to services that can help them.

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