county farm

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

Origin of county farm

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

Words Nearby county farm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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