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What is meant by the phrase "bought the farm"?

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What is meant by the phrase “bought the farm”?
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It comes from a 1950s-era Air Force term meaning “to crash” or “to be killed in action,” and refers to the desire of many wartime pilots to stop flying, return home, buy a farm, and live peaceably ever after. When they died as a result of a collision or were shot down, their buddies would shake their heads and mutter, “Well, I guess he bought the farm.”