Posted by Smokey Stover on January 05, 2005
In Reply to: Bought the farm posted by Katie on January 05, 2005
: I heard that this phrase came from an insurance "scam" persay. That when farms would be failing, the patriarch of the family would commit suicide so that the insurance would pay off the farm for his family. I had also heard that it dated earlier than that. That before insurance the mortgage would be forgiven by the bank if the owner died.
Stick the phrase into the box up top, under the legend "Search this site." Lots of good answers. SS