farm, noun

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English, by metonymy.
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The farm: The country; often alluding to a person’s rural background, or to life in the rural areas. See also platteland noun sense a.
1966 L.G. Berger Where’s Madam 185Where had the wife been living until now? Oh, she’d just this minute come up from the farm. She’d never been to El Goli, the city of gold before.
1975 Sunday Times 20 Apr. 16If he is a plattelander, his closest and best experience of his fellow (Black) South African was probably during games of kennetjie with Black children down on the farm.
1979 M. Matshoba Call Me Not a Man 80You’re so superstitious, my mother’s child. One would think you were born on the farm.
1980 Staffrider Vol.3 No.1, 2There are some signs that people use on the farm. If that bell rings and then stops, and then rings and then stops, oh, we know that there was somebody who had passed away.
1987 Frontline May 12A smattering of boos and hisses breaks out. A black man, riskily conspicuous, yells loudly: ‘Go back to the farm’.
The country; often alluding to a person’s rural background, or to life in the rural areas.

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