back forty

noun

Definition of back forty

: a remote and uncultivated or undeveloped piece of land of indefinite size (as on a farm)

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First Known Use of back forty

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for back forty

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The first known use of back forty was in 1936

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“Back forty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20forty. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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