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sell the farm

To risk all of one's assents on a venture that one thinks will be hugely successful or rewarding. I wouldn't sell the farm on that wacky invention. He's broke now because he sold the farm on a foolish business venture.
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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
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He is selling the farm after younger generations of his family decided not to follow him in agriculture.
AUCTIONEERS selling the farm of trainer John oxx at a public auction this month have reported plenty of interest in the prime Kildare property, writes Jonathan Mullin.
Carl and Helen Platel were on the brink of selling the farm where they ran a small B&B and self-catering holiday business due to rocketing oil prices.
A Cambridge University agricultural graduate, Mr Hudson trained as an agricultural consultant before establishing his own consultancy, which he will continue to run after selling the farm.
Diane hears tragic news from Spain about Jack, while Victoria is furious to learn Andy is thinking about selling the farm. Nicola and Jimmy spend the night together in the back of one of the Kings' trucks.
IT could be the end of the world as we know it as Biddy and Miley contemplate the unthinkable by selling the farm in this week's Glenroe (RTE One, tonight 8.30pm).