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On and off the farm: some phrases straight out of the barnyard

A small grain elevator on a farm near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; Saffron Blaze

Glosso’s earlier post Outside baseball: 20 words & expressions that came right off the batting field is a Glosso-follower favorite, so we decided to harvest, metaphorically, another type of field: this time the green, farmyard kind. We’ve dug up a selection of 38 expressions whose seeds were sown in farming and agricultural lingo. And we’ve dug up their origins and early citations when we’ve managed to unearth them.

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