the farmer died
A phrase used to reflect a major change in management that, up until that point, had been the same for a long time. For example, if there is executive turnover at a dot-com resulting in a change of business plans (or M&A of the company), then it can be said, the farmer died. It comes from the time when a farmer made all of the decisions regarding his land, and when he died, someone else decided what to grow or whether or not to sell the operation.
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