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poor farm

a farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers.
Origin of poor farm
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He's been at me to give Jerry up and let him take him to the poor farm ever since my Dan died.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • I guess we didn't think of the poor farm crazy folks at all.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • He was denied her presence and was as miserable as any waif in a poor farm attic.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • He keeps the poor farm, an' father's goin' to take you out there.

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • He went with all paupers to the poor farm, and never missed a town meeting.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • But, Jack dear, then he might drag you off to the poor farm.

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • Anybody else would have sent him to the poor farm or to old snoozer Briggles.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
  • But then you would be where they could easily carry you to the poor farm.

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • Preachers had long been her specialty at the poor farm, and she knew exactly the care and food they needed.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • At last, however, he drives to the entrance to the poor farm.

    The Book of Courage John Thomson Faris

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