tractor out

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tractor out (third-person singular simple present tractors out, present participle tractoring out, simple past and past participle tractored out)

  1. (transitive) To dismiss (a tenant, etc.) while replacing manual labour with tractors. [1930s]
    • 1965, Oscar Cargill, Toward a Pluralistic Criticism:
      How is one to elucidate or scrutinize Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath with no reference to the Dust Bowl, the tractoring out of the Okies...
    • 1973, Lucas Webb, Stribling: A Novel:
      But there was no place to go to farm or settle; the farms were being deserted, the big combines tractoring out the shacks and the little fields...