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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. 2018.
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  • I guess we didn't think of the poor farm crazy folks at all.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • He keeps the poor farm, an' father's goin' to take you out there.

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • But, Jack dear, then he might drag you off to the poor farm.

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • But then you would be where they could easily carry you to the poor farm.

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • How could I when he'd threatened to send us to the poor farm?

    Jack the Hunchback James Otis
  • He was denied her presence and was as miserable as any waif in a poor farm attic.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Had she been that, she would have been promptly sent to the poor farm.

  • At last, however, he drives to the entrance to the poor farm.

    The Book of Courage

    John Thomson Faris
  • It must be a poor farm, indeed, where the valuation does not amount to some hundreds of pounds.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • There was once a poor farm laborer, so poor that all he owned in the world was a hen.

    The Shoemaker's Apron Parker Fillmore

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