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Definition of buy the farm

buy the farm

verb - intransitive

  • to die.

    Citation from Seinfeld (TV) censored in hope of resolving Google's penalty against this site.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to die.

    Last edited on Nov 26 2010. Submitted by Adam from Hamburg, NY, USA on Aug 18 2002.


  • Meaning of the expression, "Bought the farm."

    As a Vietnam era fighter pilot, I have heard and used the expression "bought the farm" many times. To my understanding, it is not meant to be taken literally, as in paying off a mortgage. Instead, it is meant in jest, a little bit of black humor poking fun at the constant risk of being killed in an airplane crash.

    "Bought" is used as follows: After breaking an expensive vase in a china shop, the proprietor says, "I am sorry sir, but I'm afraid you just bought it." Bought or buy means doing something that has quick, negative, and irreversible consequences, in this case being killed.

    I have heard three variations on "the farm." First is a piece of land, a very small piece of land, used for raising daisies. This, of course, means a grave plot. The second is a piece of land where you are planted (buried) rather than a crop, again referring to a grave. The third variation, and my personal preference, is a piece of land where you plant yourself - usually at the bottom of the smoking hole made when your airplane crashed.

    For people in harms way, the Grim Reaper is often a too frequent visitor. If "he" is taken too seriously, it may interfere with one's duty. To reduce this problem, combatants since ancient armies first marched have found ways to make light of and mock "Old Scratch" and "the skinny guy with the scythe."

    Last edited on Nov 21 2012. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 02 2010.

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Other terms relating to 'to die':

Definitions include: to be under the influence of drugs.
Definitions include: to fail.
Definitions include: to listen to.
Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: to die with others in a large group, usually within a short span of time.
Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: to fall and hit the ground.
Definitions include: to commit suicide via a gunshot to the roof of one's mouth.
Definitions include: spelling variant of goner.
Definitions include: someone or something who will die soon.
Definitions include: to die or be seriously injured.
Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: death.
Definitions include: to die or to get killed.
Definitions include: to die.

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Other terms relating to 'buy':

Definitions include: "buy one get one" free.
Definitions include: to believe a lie.
Definitions include: a comical mocking expression in the military and police when a trainee seems hopeless at hand to hand fighting.
Definitions include: support.
Definitions include: to die or be seriously injured.
Definitions include: acronym for "Too Embarrassed To Buy In The Shops".

Other terms relating to 'farm':

Definitions include: Office places that are filled with cubicles and workers are hidden from view.
Definitions include: a homosexual male.
Definitions include: Same as Blow Snot Rockets
Definitions include: a blowing of the nose accomplished by plugging one nostril and blowing forcefully out of the other.
Definitions include: an insane asylum.
Definitions include: a person who grows their hair long out of laziness, or a repressed sense of social rebellion.
Definitions include: a website with little or no content, consisting of mostly (or entirely)
Definitions include: to kill.

Other terms relating to 'the':

Definitions include: the real information or the proof, instruction, the know how, where, when, and why about something or someone.
Definitions include: walking, generally as opposed to driving.
Definitions include: interrogation.
Definitions include: extremely intoxicated
Definitions include: information.
Definitions include: something you have now is worth more than two things you have just a chance of getting.
Definitions include: a good estimate.
Definitions include: a secret advantage.
Definitions include: inclusive.
Definitions include: to make a bad situation worse.
Definitions include: with the amount of time left to finish a task rapidly disappearing.
Definitions include: having an opinion or belief prior to it becoming common or popular.
Definitions include: of a male, to urinate.
Definitions include: Someone being butthurt over having something, they do to others regularly, done to the them
Definitions include: secret sexual activity with a person other than one's partner.

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