- land no longer under cultivation because the fertility of the soil has been exhausted.
Origin of old field
An Americanism dating back to 1625–35
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Examples from the Web for old field
There were, besides, some small schools in the colony, probably such as are now known as "old-field schools."History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia
Well, old-field pine is good enough manure for a man who has plenty of land and can take his time.
Shaggy backwoodsmen met in "old-field" log schoolhouses and denounced "the steal."The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge