back forty

or back 40


remote, usually uncultivated acreage on a large piece of land, as on a farm or ranch.

Nearby words

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Origin of back forty

apparently because forty acres was a typical size for such a piece of land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019