Back-forty meaning

(US) The remote part of a farm.

They couldn't contact the farmer right away because he was out plowing the back forty.

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(US) The most remote or inaccessible part of any place.
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Origin of back-forty

  • From back + forty (forty acres would be one quarter of one of the 160-acre farms granted by the first of the US Homestead Acts).

    From Wiktionary