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potter's field

noun

Definition of POTTER'S FIELD

:  a public burial place for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals

Examples of POTTER'S FIELD

  1. <criminals and unidentified people are sometimes buried in a potter's field>

Origin of POTTER'S FIELD

from the mention in Matthew 27:7 of the purchase of a potter's field for use as a graveyard
First Known Use: 1777

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