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county farm

noun
1.
a farm maintained for the poor by a county.
Origin of county farm
1870-1875
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75
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  • A picturesque drive of some forty miles is the one to Reedsburg, the county farm, and return.

  • Exactly the same remarks apply to several mounds on the county farm, near Salem.

  • In 1896 he took up his abode on his Columbia county farm, first purchasing forty-six acres of land.

  • She looked back at the weather-beaten old buildings of the county farm into which ten years of her life had gone.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • The jury brought in a verdict of guilty and the judge assessed his punishment at ten months on the county farm.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • Tom continued his weekly trips to Gladbrook to get the county farm news and to solicit advertising.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • I want to know if you'd won't help me to get into the county farm during the winter months, anyhow.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • They rather go to the penitentiary or the county farm or get killed than to do what is right.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives Work Projects Administration

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