wander off the reservation (A girl's boyfriend had an affair with someone else. They are talking about it. And one is reasoning that...) -- Your own boyfriend... He wandered off the reservation. Now you're taking him back. I know wander off the reservation is used metaphorically, but I don't know how the meaning of reservation is related to the meaning the speaker wanted to display.
Jul 4, 2019 6:39 AM
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you're very helpful, Michael.
July 4, 2019
Yes, metaphorically. Native Americans (who used to be called "Indians") were driven off the land they lived from by early (mostly European) settlers in America. Later, as some kind of compensation, the remaining tribesmen were offered (and accepted) land where they could live their lives in their traditional ways. Each such parcel of land was known as a "reservation." So, wandering off the reservation meant leaving your allowed, allocated living space to try something different out in the rest of what became the USA ... So, here, she is "the reservation" - his special territory - and he has wandered off it by going to another girl. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_reservation https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=off%20the%20reservation https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/go_off_the_reservation
July 4, 2019
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