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old field

land no longer under cultivation because the fertility of the soil has been exhausted.
Origin of old field
An Americanism dating back to 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For another thing, new settlers would probably begin by ploughing only a small portion of the old field.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • He mentioned what he had written to an old field marshal, a friend of his father's.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • After it was eaten they lay down side by side and slept peacefully on the edge of an old field.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • You won't git any down here in this old field; that's shore.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • Grazed in an old field on the road to Clear Creek where government cattle are kept.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • The fight began in earnest just below Bladensburg in an old field.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • I wish old man Brent had to make us a present of the old field or lose his money.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • We went through the bushes yelling and at a run until we struck a worm rail fence on the edge of an old field.

    Life in the Confederate Army Arthur Peronneau Ford
  • So the following morning found us in the old field where he had first placed the bait.

    Bee Hunting John Ready Lockard
  • The loblolly or old field pine chooses land generally sterile and otherwise worthless.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers

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