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

/ (fɑːm) /

noun

verb

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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Idioms and Phrases with buy the farm (1 of 2)

buy the farm


see under buy it.

Idioms and Phrases with buy the farm (2 of 2)

farm


In addition to the idiom beginning with farm

  • farm out

also see:

  • buy it (the farm)
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