out of circulation


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out of circulation

No longer being printed for public use or purchase. I'm sorry, that magazine has been out of circulation for a few years. The government's aim is to have the 1 cent coin completely out of circulation by 2020.
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out of circulation

 
1. Lit. no longer available for use or lending. (Usually said of library materials, certain kinds of currency, etc.) I'm sorry, but the book you want is temporarily out of circulation. How long will it be out of circulation?
2. Fig. not interacting socially with other people. I don't know what's happening because I've been out of circulation for a while. My cold has kept me out of circulation for a few weeks.
See also: circulation, of, out

out of circulation

see under in circulation.
See also: circulation, of, out