sell the farm

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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.
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He then sold the farm in 2001 but bought it back in 2005.
NRG Energy sold the farm, known as Storm Lake 1 for $15 million to Allete Clean Energy.
It is probably not true to say the Wallbanks had no choice - if they had not wanted to be subject to this obligation they could have sold the farm at the time they inherited it, and stayed where they were previously which I believe was another farm.
"Great-granddad sold the farm, moved to town and was killed in a wreck with a team and wagon a few years later," notes Roger Nicholas, Simon's great-grandson.
"Howkins and Harrison sold the farm for us in March and we want to buy another farm on the eastern side of Britain," said Richard.
(1) His popular parable is about coping with change, yet I wonder if it's sufficient preparation for the moves predicted by the articles that follow in which "someone sold the farm."
He settled on a family farm in Derry, N.H., but sold the farm and in 1912 moved to England, where his first collection of poems, A Boy's Will (1913), was published.