to farm out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - farm out

"to farm out"

to give work or responsibilities to other people;

to subcontract


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - farm out

"to farm out"

to give children to someone else for care


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - farm out

"to farm out"

to send a baseball player to a farm team


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - farm out

"to farm out"

to exhaust land by farming especially by continuously raising one crop


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - farm out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Work sure has gotten busy lately. I am not sure how I can manage to get all my work done.

Colleague 2:  Have you thought about farming out some of the less important work?

Colleague 1:  You mean subcontract some of the work?

Colleague 2:  Exactly.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - farm out

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  What do you think? Should we take this amazing opportunity to spend a year travelling the world while we take photographs for my magazine?

Husband:  What about the kids?

Wife:  We can farm them out. My sister is always saying how much she loves them and would like to spend more time with them.

Husband:  I suppose it might be a good experience for the kids, having a different caregiver. The kids could join us when they are on school holidays.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - farm out

A hockey team manager and coach are talking ...

Manager:  We really need to do something to end our twenty-game losing streak.

Coach:  We could farm out some of our worst players.

Manager:  There are a couple of really promising players on the farm team that could replace them.

Coach:  Good. Let's send the three worst players down.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - farm out

Two farmers are talking ...

Farmer 1:  I see that your upper north field is not growing very well.

Farmer 2:  I'm not sure what is going on. I've planted corn in that field for the past fifteen years and it has always done well.

Farmer 1:  There's your trouble. If you don't rotate the type of crops you grow the land becomes farmed out. I think you will need to let that field lay fallow for a year or two and then maybe plant some hay.

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to farm out - Gerund Form:

Farming out customer service is common today.

Farming out children to boarding schools was more common in the past.

Farming out non-performing players is common practice.

Farming out your land is not good management.

to farm out - Examples:

1)  ... attack on their pay and conditions, as more airline and airport services are being farmed out to subcontractors.

2)  ... day for less than the $10.20 minimum wage, at $9 per hour; those farmed out to Webco were paid $8 per hour.

3)  Many of the projects have been farmed out to private-sector companies that have sold Islamic bonds for financing.

4)  ... taken to Goodison initially on a year's loan in 2013, following a season farmed out at West Brom, before his switch was made permanent for that club-record fee ...

5)  ... we did not have a writers' room. We farmed out a few scripts to writers here and there.

6)  ... this kind of story is not really needed anymore. It makes more sense to farm out game recaps to wire services and let both Rachel and Cathal write columns on ...

7)  ... free up capital while immersed in a costly overhaul, is pitching a plan to farm out some of its risk from potential losses on events like rogue trading and cybercrime ...

8)  ... role of in-house legal counsel is to decide when, why, and where to farm out legal work. At times, the appropriate and most efficient thing to do.

9)  ... not always capable of delivering bulk orders, so it is authorized by law to farm out printing jobs, ...

10)  This move is essentially Google trying to farm out the huge task of collecting information on thousands of local restaurants to the people ...

11)  To add to this we now know that Letterkenny University Hospital has been farming out appointments to private hospitals all over the state.

12)  We are farming out players who may prove to have the quality, energy and commitment to improve ...

13)  The provincial government wants to see if it could save money by farming out their responsibilities to private companies.

14)  Automating processes and farming out administrative work are on the to-do list. There are plenty of late nights ...

15)  ... subsequent generations, will be more the former than the latter; while the women farming out their wombs in the Third World and the newly assembled children of many parents ...

16)  ... said it was alarming that Cork County Council did not advertise stray dogs it farms out to privately owned pounds, making it less likely they would be reunited with ...

17)  ... she plans only five to six weddings for high-end clients per year herself, and farms out the rest to her team.

18)  The Sinaloa cartel farms out most production of opium paste to smaller traffickers, according to growers, ...

19)  Philadelphia's DHS farms out its caretaking services to a number of nonprofits.

20)  Large orders are often placed with one contractor, who then farms out the work to several smaller factories.