- a farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers.
Origin of poor farm
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for poor farm
"Tom don' want to go to the poor-farm," he wailed piteously.
He had been born on a poor-farm, but no one knew it at Pleasant River.
"I'll drive her over to the poor-farm when she turns up," said Weeks.A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire
Jane L. Stewart
You said that little cripple had to live at the poor-farm, didn't you?Mr. Stubbs's Brother
That is a pleasant diversion in life compared with the poor-farm.Michael, Brother of Jerry