What Does the Phrase “He Bought the Farm” Mean and How Did the Expression Originate?

During the Second World War, airmen introduced the term “he bought the farm” after a pilot was shot down.

The expression soon caught on with all the armed services.

It meant that if you gave your life for your country, your impoverished family would receive insurance money for your death, which would help pay off the mortgage on the family farm.

what does the phrase he bought the farm mean and how did the expression originate scaled

Death for your country meant you were “buying the farm” for your parents.

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