farm out

farmed out; farming out; farms out

Definition of farm out

transitive verb

1 : to turn over for performance by another usually under contract farm out a job
2a : to put (someone, such as a child) into the hands of another for care
b : to send (an athlete, such as a baseball player) to a farm team
3 : to exhaust (land) by farming especially by continuously raising one crop

First Known Use of farm out

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Farm out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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