farm out

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farm out (third-person singular simple present farms out, present participle farming out, simple past and past participle farmed out)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic, business) To subcontract (a task, responsibility, etc.) to another; to outsource.
    • 1911, Upton Sinclair, The Machine, Act II:
      These companies are simply paper companies . . . they farm out the contracts to the real builders.
    • 2009 Jan. 5, Mark Thompson, "Another Gitmo Grows in Afghanistan," Time:
      The U.S. military had hoped to farm out the Bagram detainees to prisons run by Afghanistan and other nations.