poor farm

  1. a farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers.

Origin of poor farm

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Words Nearby poor farm

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How to use poor farm in a sentence

  • Every exertion was necessary to make the poor farm pay for the extra hand employed.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • As we returned through a field to the city from the poor farm where I had held a service, I said to the sister, "I am so hungry."

    Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
  • He went with all paupers to the poor farm, and never missed a town meeting.

    The Village Watch-Tower | (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • So the good man spent the morning at Cyrus poor farm, and enjoyed himself extremely.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
  • Well, if you're all ready to start for the poor-farm, come along.