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farmout

[ fahrm-out ]
/ ˈfɑrmˌaʊt /
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noun
an act or instance of farming out or leasing, as land for oil exploration.
something farmed out.
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Origin of farmout

Noun use of verb phrase farm out
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British Dictionary definitions for farmout

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)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with farmout

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]

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