pastures new

pastures new

A new job or place to live that offers new experiences or opportunities. Primarily heard in UK. Starting next month, I'll be packing up my job with the newspaper and heading off to pastures new. I've loved living in London, but it's time to find pastures new.
See also: new, pasture

pastures new

BRITISH
COMMON If someone moves on to pastures new, they leave their present place or situation and move to a new one. Michael decided he wanted to move on to pastures new for financial reasons. I found myself packing a suitcase and heading for pastures new. Note: You can also talk about moving on to new pastures or fresh pastures. No matter how much we long for new pastures, when we reach them they can seem like a bad idea. Note: This is a quotation from `Lycidas' (1638) by the English poet Milton: `At last he rose, and twitch'd his Mantle blew: Tomorrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new.' This is sometimes wrongly quoted as `fresh fields and pastures new'.
See also: new, pasture

(fresh fields and) pastures new

a place or activity regarded as offering new opportunities.
The expression is a slightly garbled version of a line from Milton's poem Lycidas ( 1637 ): ‘Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new’.
See also: new, pasture

ˌpastures ˈnew

a new job, place to live, way of life, etc: After 10 years as a teacher, Jen felt it was time to move on to pastures new.Without warning, she left him for pastures new.
See also: new, pasture
References in classic literature ?
And now the sun had stretched out all the hills, And now was dropped into the western bay; At last HE rose, and twitched his mantle blue; Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new.
The shoe retailer will today leave Rhyl's White Rose Centre to head for pastures new - down the coast to Prestatyn.
I've got to try and stabilise it first of all after what happened last year with relegation and change people's minds to try and push the club on to pastures new.
Lee Croft is returning to Oldham and veteran defender Frazer Wright might be tempted by pastures new despite a 12-month extension tabled this week.
You played in midfield or in attack On the left or the right or at the back You scored with both feet your chest and your head When others came knocking, you stayed a red Master of the pass, wizard of free kicks I'm sure you would have dazzled between the sticks A fox in the box, then just in time You'd get back to clear the lines I'd like to thank you Stevie G For all the pleasure you've given to me In pastures new you're about to play But you'll be back come what may Anfield will always reserve your throne You know you'll never walk alone Phil Wood, Wallasey
That may be down to the takeover talks that are taking place but Vlaar could fall through the net and head for pastures new unless a swift decision is taken by the club's hierarchy.
MRS E White thinks that antiroyalists such as me should ship out and find pastures new.
Or rather, as hard to comprehend as the "absolute chaos" Iraqis faced after Yo Blair's murderous bombing missions had ceased and the actor moved on to lucrative pastures new.
According to reports, the Red Devils are still keen to sign Vidal and he is desperate to leave Juventus for pastures new, having struggled this term.
THEATRE Adrian Jackson | Garrick chief on move to Grand LICHFIELD Garrick Theatre's chief executive Adrian Jackson is moving on to pastures new.
POPULAR Golcar minister the Rev Steve Day (pictured) was given a special last service send-off before leaving for pastures new in Johannesburg in South Africa.
SHAUN LYCETT has moved to pastures new, albeit relatively close pastures, as the trainer is now ensconced in a new purpose-built yard.
The 28-year-old has had eight clubs since leaving his native Nigeria for pastures new.
The 27-year-old has spent his entire career with the Woking-based marque, including the 2008 title victory, but will next season move on to pastures new, with Mercedes.
After five very happy years sounding off on this page, it's time for me to move on to pastures new.