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Origin of Phrases - B

 

Bought the farm

Meaning: To die.

 

Example: Oscar's bungee jumping experience came to an abrupt stop when he bought the farm on his first try.

 

Origin: It comes from W.W.I. When a US soldier was killed in combat his family was given a "death benefit" that amounted to a enough money to buy a parcel of farm land in the mid west.

Some might consider this just compensation to the surviving family. Personally I would prefer a minor wound with the lesser compensation of "renting the farm".

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