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fat farm

A slightly derogatory term for a clinic, treatment center, or resort that is aimed at helping people lose weight. My weight ballooned after the inactivity that resulted from my surgery, so I'm heading to the fat farm this summer to try to get it back to normal.
See also: farm, fat

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.
See also: bought, farm

funny farm

Derogatory slang for a psychiatric hospital or mental health facility. If I don't take a vacation soon, I'll be headed to the funny farm.
See also: farm, funny

bet the farm

To risk everything on a venture that one thinks will be successful. Primarily heard in US. I wouldn't bet the farm on that wacky invention. He's broke now because he bet the farm on a failed business venture.
See also: bet, farm

buy it

1. slang To believe that something is true. My brother says that his latest scheme will make millions, but I'm not buying it. I told the teacher that my dog ate my homework, and she totally bought it! At least I think she did.
2. slang To die. When Ray got back last night, he told the boss that the informant bought it and won't be a problem anymore.
See also: buy

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.
See also: buy, farm

factory farming

An inexpensive and efficient system of farming in which animals are fed for growth and kept in small pens. Usually used in a derogatory manner to highlight the negative consequences of such a system. Can we implement a system that is more humane than factory farming?
See also: factory, farm

farm out

1. To cause land to become infertile from excessive farming. A noun or pronoun can be used between "farm" and "out." If we plant crops here again this season, we run the risk of farming out the field.
2. To assign work to someone or something outside of the person or company of origin. A noun or pronoun can be used between "farm" and "out." We decided to farm this filing project out to another company because we didn't have any employees to spare for it.
3. To place one's child in someone else's care. A noun or pronoun can be used between "farm" and "out." Since our anniversary is this weekend, do you think we can farm the kids out to your parents?
4. To have an employee do work for someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "farm" and "out." I can't farm out my assistant, I'd be lost without her!
5. In baseball, to send a major league player to a minor league team (i.e. a "farm team"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "farm" and "out." I know I haven't had a great season so far, but I never expected management to farm me out.
See also: farm, out

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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farm someone out

 
1. [for someone in control] to send someone to work for someone else. I have farmed my electrician out for a week, so your work will have to wait. We farmed out the office staff.
2. to send a child away to be cared for by someone; to send a child to boarding school. We farmed the kids out to my sister for the summer. We farmed out the kids.
See also: farm, out

farm something out

 
1. to deplete the fertility of land by farming too intensely. They farmed their land out through careless land management. They farmed out their land.
2. to send work to someone to be done away from one's normal place of business; to subcontract work. We farmed the assembly work out. We always farm out the actual final assembly of the finished units.
See also: farm, out

sell the farm

 and bet the farm
Fig. to liquidate all one's assets in order to raise money to invest in something. It's a risky proposition. I wouldn't bet the farm on it.
See also: farm, sell

You can bet the farm (on someone or something).

Rur. You can be certain of someone or something. This is a good investment. You can bet the farm on it. You can bet the farm that Joe is gonna get that job.
See also: bet, can, farm

buy it

1. Suffer a severe reversal, as in If they can't raise the money in time, they'll buy it. [Slang; mid-1900s]
2. Be killed; die. For example, By the time we could get to the hospital, he had bought it. Originating during World War I as military slang, this term later was extended to peacetime forms of death. A later slang equivalent is buy the farm, dating from about 1950. For example, He'll soon buy the farm riding that motorcycle. According to J.E. Lighter, it alludes to training flights crashing in a farmer's field, causing the farmer to sue the government for damages sufficient to pay off the farm's mortgage. Since the pilot usually died in such a crash, he in effect bought the farm with his life.
3. Believe it; see buy something.
See also: buy

buy the farm

see under buy it.
See also: buy, farm

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]
See also: farm, out

fat farm

A clinic or resort where people go to lose weight, as in She spends all her vacations at a fat farm but it hasn't helped so far. This is a somewhat derisive term for such an establishment. [Colloquial; 1960s]
See also: farm, fat

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.
See also: buy, farm

bet the farm

risk everything that you own on a bet, investment, or enterprise. North American informal
See also: bet, farm

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.
See also: buy, farm

bet the ˈfarm/ˈranch

(American English) risk everything that you have on something: It might succeed but don’t bet the farm on it.It’s a bet-the-farm situation.
See also: bet, farm, ranch

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.
See also: buy, farm

farm out

v.
1. To distribute or delegate something, especially a task or responsibility: The camp counselor farmed out the cleaning tasks to the campers. We farmed the chores out to the kids.
2. Baseball To demote a major-league player to a minor-league team: The coach decided to farm the catcher out until he improved. The struggling pitcher was farmed out yesterday.
See also: farm, out

buy it

tv. to die. (see also buy the farm, buy the big one.) He lay there coughing for a few minutes, and then he bought it.
See also: buy

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.
See also: buy, farm

funny farm

n. an insane asylum; a psychiatric hospital. He’s really weird. They’re going to send him to the funny farm.
See also: farm, funny

buy it

Slang
To be killed.
See also: buy

buy the farm

Slang
To die, especially suddenly or violently.
See also: buy, farm

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).
See also: buy, farm
References in classic literature ?
At night when he went to bed after a long day of adventures in the stables, in the fields, or driving about from farm to farm with his grandfather, he wanted to embrace everyone in the house.
From the windows of his own room he could not see directly into the barnyard where the farm hands had now all assembled to do the morning shores, but he could hear the voices of the men and the neighing of the horses.
Day after day through the long summer, Jesse Bentley drove from farm to farm up and down the valley of Wine Creek, and his grandson went with him.
As for what people may say, they have said it already, from my father and mother downward, in the time when I took to the horses and the farm.
The brothers had already taken another farm named Mossgiel.
But Burns had no money; the brothers' farm had not prospered, and Jean's father, a stern old Scotsman, would have nothing to say to Robert, who was in his opinion a bad man, and a wild, unstable, penniless rimester.
He took a farm a few miles from Dumfries, and although since he had been parted from his Jean he had forgotten her time and again and made love to many another, he and she were now married, this time in good truth.
The company coming, and the accident to the brindled cow, was all the news I had to take to the farm.
I know his farm is in better order than any other within ten miles of us; and as for the kitchen," he added, smiling, "I don't believe there's one in the kingdom to beat it.
Some day he would run this farm, and Martin had put too much of his very blood into it not to make sure that the hands into which it would fall became competent.
He did a man's share at fourteen and by the time he was fifteen, he ran this whole farm.
Often he would go a mile north only to have to wander to another end of the farm before he located them.
Zeena's native village was slightly larger and nearer to the railway than Starkfield, and she had let her husband see from the first that life on an isolated farm was not what she had expected when she married.
Perhaps it was the inevitable effect of life on the farm, or perhaps, as she sometimes said, it was because Ethan "never listened.
The cutter was going in the direction of the Frome farm, and Ethan's heart contracted as he listened to the dwindling bells.