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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put out to pasture (third-person singular simple present puts out to pasture, present participle putting out to pasture, simple past and past participle put out to pasture)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see put out,‎ to,‎ pasture.
  2. (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.
  3. (informal) To discontinue something.
    That version of the program has been put out to pasture.


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