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poor farm

noun
1.
a farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers.
Origin of poor farm
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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  • The poor-farm was not a bad place, either, if only Tom had been a reasonable being.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • "Tom don' want to go to the poor-farm," he wailed piteously.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • I learned just that when I was a rat among the mangy rats of the poor-farm.

  • "I'll drive her over to the poor-farm when she turns up," said Weeks.

  • He had been born on a poor-farm, but no one knew it at Pleasant River.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • That is a pleasant diversion in life compared with the poor-farm.

  • You see,” he explained, “all this I did in my mind, for all the time I was a hostage in the poor-farm of broken men.

  • Well, if you're all ready to start for the poor-farm, come along.

  • You said that little cripple had to live at the poor-farm, didn't you?

  • A madhouse is the place for the man who wants to live ou'doors in the winter time; the poor-farm is too good for him.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

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