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- (idiomatic, US, informal, euphemistic) To die; generally, to die in battle or in a plane crash.
- 1995, Steve Allen, “Having a Good Time”, in Ann McDonough & Kent R. Brown, editor, A Grand Entrance, published 2000, →ISBN, page 212:
- BETTY. Shoot, if I knew you was gonna buy the farm I coulda asked for everything you got in the world... How were you gonna do it? ¶ROGER (takes revolver out of briefcase). With this.
- This idiom is most often found in its past tense and past participle form bought the farm.
- buy it
- buy the plot
- buy the ranch
- kick the bucket
- punch one's ticket
- meet your maker
- See also Thesaurus:die
- Michael Quinion (2004) , “Buy the farm”, in Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, →ISBN
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck