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old field

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  1. land no longer under cultivation because the fertility of the soil has been exhausted.
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Origin of old field

An Americanism dating back to 1625–35
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Charles Campbell

  • 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."