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Perhaps related to Jamaican English: ‘the Government yard’ in Trenchtown, a poor part of Kingston, Jamaica, is a collection of government-owned buildings within a walled area, with small flats rented out as accommodation.
A plot of land, or the grounds or courtyard of a building, accommodating a number of small, usually insubstantial rooms which are rented out as living space. Also attributive.
1915Transvaal Leader inD.B. Coplan,Urbanization of African Performing Arts. (1980) 137There are yards..from which lead a labyrinth of passages, the haunt of the criminal, the passless native, the loafer.
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