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 figuratively or idiomatically: see put out, to, pasture.
- (informal) To make someone retire, especially due to advancing age.
- Synonym: put out to grass
- They've put John out to pasture and replaced him with someone who's got half his experience.
- 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 119:
- The other problem was that the electrical locomotives vibrated, [...] The electrical locomotives were put out to pasture, the carriages were adapted, and Electrical Multiple Unit traction was introduced from 1903.
- (informal) To discontinue something.
- That version of the program has been put out to pasture.
to make someone retire
- “put someone out to pasture”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “put out to pasture”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- “put out to pasture” in the Collins English Dictionary
- “put sb out to pasture” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “put someone out to pasture” (US) / “put someone out to pasture” (UK) in Macmillan English Dictionary.