One can say "get back home" or "went back home" to talk about going back home after hanging out with friends.

In response to this question: Who do you usually like to hang out with? I say: Back home, I used to hang out with my collage colleagues, but nowadays, I usually go out with my work colleagues

"back home" refers to my country and the listener know that I am a foreigner. Is this a correct usage of the phrase. Is it idiomatic?


Yes this is idiomatic!

You often hear this used in the exact way you have in your question and it's pretty well established (at least in BrE).

Back Home - : in one's hometown : in the place one is from

It's worth noting that it's sometimes used to refer to ones house as well, even though this isn't the true definition.

E.g. Someone might say:

We don't need bread, we have that back home.

This sentence should really be:

We don't need bread, we have that back at home.

Clearly they mean back at the house, rather than in the home country! (Even though they will no doubt have bread "back home").

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