out in the sticks

This phrase describes a place that’s far away from the town or city center, and takes a long time to drive to. It’s usually in a rural area. "The sticks" sounds negative. It sounds like a place that is difficult to get to, and doesn’t have anything interesting around it.

The only decent burger place is out in the sticks.

He picked it up out in the sticks somewhere.

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