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COUNTRY. By country is meant the state of which one is a member.
     2. Every man's country is in general the state in which he happens to have been born, though there are some exceptions. See Domicil; Inhabitant. But a man has the natural right to expatriate himself, i. e. to abandon his country, or his right of citizenship acquired by means of naturalization in any country in which he may have taken up his residence. See Allegiance; Citizen; Expatriation. in another sense, country is the same as pais. (q.v.)

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If Mr Brown does not go to the country now, the rest of his premiership will be dogged by speculation about the date of the next General Election.
His nomination was confirmed as speculation continued over whether the Prime Minister would choose to go to the country this autumn.
Schools and Families Secretary Ed Balls also questioned whether the bigger gamble was to go to the country now, while Labour is riding high in the opinion polls, or wait until next year.