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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. 2018.
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  • In the meantime he had got, and been glad to get, a subordinate post in his old field.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • He mentioned what he had written to an old field marshal, a friend of his father's.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Isn't there an old field, about a mile from this, on that road?

    Horse-Shoe Robinson

    John Pendleton Kennedy
  • They had secured their old field, and had made fixtures with several other clubs.

    For the School Colours

    Angela Brazil
  • You won't git any down here in this old field; that's shore.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • The fight began in earnest just below Bladensburg in an old field.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • Just before the lane was an old field, and a little to the right a pond of water.

    The Life of Francis Marion William Gilmore Simms
  • Scarce half an hour had elapsed when the British appearing in the old field, displayed their columns and seemed to pause.

  • 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
  • The loblolly or old field pine chooses land generally sterile and otherwise worthless.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers

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