hang up (one's) boots

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hang up (one's) boots

To retire from playing a sport. After suffering so many injuries on the field, I think it's time for him to hang up his boots.
See also: boot, hang, up

hang up your boots

BRITISH
If a sports player, especially a footballer, hangs up their boots, they stop playing and retire. I want a few triumphs and medals to reflect on when I eventually hang up my boots. I'm slower now and the time has come to hang up my boots. Note: People often replace boots with another word which relates to a person's job, to mean that they stop doing that job. These other forms are used in both British and American English. Superstar Clint Eastwood wants to hang up his cowboy hat, even though his latest western has received rave reviews. As for the future of his boxing career, Taylor continues to maintain that he has hung up his gloves for good.
See also: boot, hang, up