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Idioms for farm

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM farm

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British Dictionary definitions for farm out (1 of 2)

farm out

verb (tr, adverb)

to send (work) to be done by another person, firm, etc; subcontract
to put (a child, etc) into the care of a private individual; foster
to lease to another for a rent or fee the right to operate (a business for profit, land, etc) or the right to collect (taxes)

British Dictionary definitions for farm out (2 of 2)

farm
/ (fɑːm) /

noun

verb

See also farm out

Derived forms of farm

farmable, 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 farm out (1 of 2)

farm out

Assign something to an outsider; subcontract something. For example, The contractor was so busy he had to farm out two jobs to a colleague, or When their mother was hospitalized, the children had to be farmed out to the nearest relatives. This term originally referred to letting or leasing land. Today it usually refers to subcontracting work or the care of a dependent to another. In baseball it means “to assign a player to a lesser (farm) league,” as opposed to a big league. [Mid-1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with farm out (2 of 2)

farm

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