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Buy (bought) the farm

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August 26th, 2009

While there s no question that this phrase refers to a person's death, the origins are less clear. Most believe that it started as military slang but with reference to different things. Some think that it indicated what many families would purchase with the deceased soldier's death benefits. The other possible origin laid in the hopes of many a soldier to settle down and buy a farm once he returned home from the war. If a soldier died in action, his comrades would say figuratively that the war was over for him and he had bought his farm. "I'd happily go skydiving with you if I didn t think that I'd buy the farm doing it."