county farm


noun
  1. (especially formerly) a farm maintained by a county and used for the housing and care of poor people.

Origin of county farm

1
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

Words Nearby county farm

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How to use county farm in a sentence

  • In 1896 he took up his abode on his Columbia county farm, first purchasing forty-six acres of land.

  • Tom continued his weekly trips to Gladbrook to get the county farm news and to solicit advertising.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair | Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • I want to know if you'd won't help me to get into the county farm during the winter months, anyhow.

    Twelve Men | Theodore Dreiser
  • They rather go to the penitentiary or the county farm or get killed than to do what is right.

    Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives | Work Projects Administration
  • The jury brought in a verdict of guilty and the judge assessed his punishment at ten months on the county farm.

    The Hindered Hand | Sutton E. Griggs