Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A farm maintained at public expense for the housing and support of paupers.

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Examples

  • Right bravely the Ancient Mariner drove to the Bronx in a taxi, registered his "Charles Stough Greenleaf" in an old-fashioned hand, and took up anew the activities which for years had kept him free of the poor-farm.

    CHAPTER XVI

  • And so, in the poor-farm, we, who are yet unburied, are OTHER.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • It was a long, hard way to get out of the poor-farm and finance my miserable little, pitiful little, adventure of the Wide Awake.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • "You see," he explained, "all this I did in my mind, for all the time I was a hostage in the poor-farm of broken men."

    CHAPTER XIII

  • "I should have had one hundred and fifty-six dollars when I left the poor-farm," the ancient one continued.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • I went into the poor-house, or the county poor-farm as they call it.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • I had already resolved upon death as my choice rather than go back to be of that dolorous company, the living dead of the poor-farm.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • That is a pleasant diversion in life compared with the poor-farm.

    CHAPTER XIII

  • So, through the driving rain, in the open wagon which was the most luxurious equipage that the poor-farm boasted, Miranda was driven home with her _protégés_; while Mrs. Bemis gave way to renewed anxiety about the fall tailorin 'and Dr. Pingree heaved a sigh over his vanished dreams, -- a very gentle one, he was so used to seeing dreams vanish; and there was consolation in having such an event to talk over.

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • It had been hinted at town-meeting that the keeper of the poor-farm was a "leetle mite too generous and easy-going," especially as he insisted upon furnishing the paupers with

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

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