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bought the farm

Died. Did you hear that old Walt bought the farm? What a shame—at least he got to spend 92 years on this earth.
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buy the farm

slang To die. Did you hear that old Walt bought the farm? What a shame—at least he got to spend 92 years on this earth.
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buy the farm

 and buy it
Sl. to die; to get killed. (The farm is a burial plot.) I'll pass through this illness; I'm too young to buy the farm. He lived for a few hours after his collapse, but then he bought it.
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buy the farm

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buy the farm

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone buys the farm, they die. Sometimes I believed I was cured. Maybe I wasn't going to buy the farm after all. Note: A possible explanation for this expression is that, in wartime, American Air Force pilots sometimes said that they wanted to stop flying, buy a farm or ranch, and lead a peaceful life. `Buy the farm' then came to be used when a pilot was killed in a crash.
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buy the farm

die. North American informal
This expression originated as US military slang, probably with the meaning that the pilot (or owner) of a crashed plane owes money to the farmer whose property or land is damaged in the crash.
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buy the ˈfarm

(informal, humorous, especially American English) die: I’d like to visit India one day, before I buy the farm.This comes from the military, perhaps referring to the dream of many soldiers and pilots of buying a farm when the war was over.
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buy the farm

tv. to die; to get killed. (The farm may be a grave site. No one knows the origin.) I’m too young to buy the farm.
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buy the farm

Slang
To die, especially suddenly or violently.
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buy the farm

Die. This phrase comes from the military: members of the armed forces were issued insurance policies. Many servicemen speculated that when they returned to civilian life, they would buy a farm back home or pay off the mortgage on one that they or their parents owned. To die was literally to retire, and so combat victims were said to have “bought the farm.” Other phrases that mean “to die” are “cash in your chips” (as if checking out of a poker game), “fall off the perch” (an expiring caged bird), and “go South” (someone now living up North returning to his or her native soil).
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Anyone wishing to find out more about helping the TRC or how to contribute to the appeal to buy the farm, should contact Carrie Humble on 01995 605007.
David stayed with us and signed a contract to buy the farm.
He said: "The couple did buy the farm knowing the windfarms were a possibility, so I am quite surprised by some of their comments.
Then we would look at a way of ensuring that the farm was transferred to a younger farmer who wished to enter the industry and give that young farmer the opportunity to buy the farm over a period of years.
He said: "The couple did buy the farm knowing that the wind farms were a possibility, so I am quite surprised by some of their comments.
The pair, both in their early 20s, have worked tirelessly to secure the farm's future since establishing a charitable society last year to buy the farm and lease it back to the Hollins family.