Nearby words

  1. farinose,
  2. farkleberry,
  3. farl,
  4. farley,
  5. farley, james aloysius,
  6. farm belt,
  7. farm bloc,
  8. farm bureau,
  9. farm hand,
  10. farm out

Idioms

    buy the farm, Slang. to die or be killed.

Origin of farm

1250–1300; Middle English ferme “lease, rented land, rent,” from Anglo-French, Old French, from Vulgar Latin ferma (unattested), derivative of fermāre (unattested) for Latin firmāre “to make firm, confirm”; see firm1

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British Dictionary definitions for buy the farm

farm

noun

  1. a tract of land, usually with house and buildings, cultivated as a unit or used to rear livestock
  2. (as modifier)farm produce
  3. (in combination)farmland
a unit of land or water devoted to the growing or rearing of some particular type of vegetable, fruit, animal, or fisha fish farm
an installation for storage
a district of which one or more taxes are leased
history
  1. a fixed sum paid by an individual or group for the right of collecting and retaining taxes, rents, etc
  2. a fixed sum paid regularly by a town, county, etc, in lieu of taxes
  3. the leasing of a source of revenue to an individual or group
  4. a fixed tax, rent, etc, paid regularly

verb

(tr)
  1. to cultivate (land)
  2. to rear (stock, etc) on a farm
(intr) to engage in agricultural work, esp as a way of life
(tr) to look after a child for a fixed sum
  1. to collect the moneys due and retain the profits from (a tax district, business, etc) for a specified period on payment of a sum or sums
  2. to operate (a franchise) under similar conditions
See also farm out

Derived Formsfarmable, adjective

Word Origin for farm

C13: from Old French ferme rented land, ultimately from Latin firmāre to settle

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Word Origin and History for buy the farm
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Idioms and Phrases with buy the farm

buy the farm

see under buy it.

farm

In addition to the idiom beginning with farm

  • farm out

also see:

  • buy it (the farm)
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