God's acre

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God's acre

A nickname for a church graveyard. The phrase comes from the German word Gottesacker, meaning "God's field" or "God's seed field," an allusion to the notion that believers are "sown" in it. Well, we'll all be buried in God's acre someday.
See also: acre
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God's acre

a churchyard. archaic
This phrase comes from the German word Gottesacker meaning ‘God's seed field’ in which the bodies of the dead are ‘sown’.
See also: acre
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God’s acre

n. a cemetery. When I end up in God’s acre, I want everything to go on without me.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

God's acre

A churchyard burial area. The phrase is a translation of the German word, Gottesacker, “God's field” where the souls of the faithful are sown. The phrase also been used for the dedication of a portion of a farm field or a garden plot to growing food that will be given to the needy. The phrase should not be confused with Erskine Caldwell's 1933 novel, God's Little Acre.
See also: acre
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