To buy the farm

Definition

To buy the farm is an idiom meaning to die, usually unexpectedly or prematurely.

Examples

I can’t believe he bought the farm at such a young age.

I heard that he bought the farm in a car accident last night.

Origin

The phrase ‘to buy the farm’ is believed to have originated in World War I when soldiers would joke that the ultimate cost of going to war was to buy a farm in the sky, meaning to die.

FAQs

What does it mean to buy the farm?

Answer: It means to die, usually unexpectedly or prematurely.

Where does the phrase ‘to buy the farm’ come from?

Answer: It is believed to have originated in World War I when soldiers would joke that the ultimate cost of going to war was to buy a farm in the sky, meaning to die.