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- noun A place for the burial of unknown or indigent persons.
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- noun idiomatic A public place where
strangers, paupers, and criminalsare buried.
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- noun a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
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[From the potter's field mentioned in Matthew 27:7.]
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This phrase derives from the reference to the potter's field in the New Testament, Matthew 27:7: ‘And they took counsel, and baught with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.’ (King James Version)
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