put out to pasture
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From the practice of putting draft animals too old to work in a pasture.
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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see put out, to, pasture.
- (idiomatic) To make someone retire, especially due to advancing age.
- They've put John out to pasture and replaced him with someone who's got half his experience.
- (idiomatic) To discontinue something.
- That version of the program has been put out to pasture.