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put a horse out to pasture

to retire a horse by allowing it to live out its days in a pasture with no work. (See also put someone out to pasture.) The horse could no longer work, so we put it out to pasture.
See also: horse, out, pasture, put

put someone out to pasture

Fig. to retire someone. (Based on put a horse out to pasture.) Please don't put me out to pasture. I have lots of good years left. This vice president has reached retirement age. It's time to put him out to pasture.
See also: out, pasture, put

put somebody out to pasture

to make someone stop working at their job because they are too old to be useful At 62, he felt he was not ready to be put out to pasture.
Etymology: based on the tradition of keeping farm animals that are too old to work in a pasture (land covered with grass)
See also: out, pasture, put

greener pastures

a better situation After a successful year, the young, ambitious coach was seeking greener pastures with another team. The survey finds many older residents are looking for greener pastures.
See also: greener, pasture

greener pastures

a better or more exciting job or place A lot of scientists are seeking greener pastures abroad because of the scarcity of opportunities at home.
See also: greener, pasture

put somebody out to pasture

to make someone stop working at their job because they are too old to be useful He felt he was still too young to be put out to pasture.
See also: out, pasture, put

pastures new

  (British) also new pastures (American & Australian)
if someone goes to pastures new, they leave their job or home in order to go to a new one Tom's off to pastures new. He's got a transfer to Australia.
See also: new, pasture

put out to grass

Also, put out to pasture. Cause to retire, as in With mandatory retirement they put you out to grass at age 65, or She's not all that busy now that she's been put out to pasture. These idioms refer to farm animals sent to graze when they are no longer useful for other work.
See also: grass, out, put

put out to pasture

1. To herd (grazing animals) into pasturable land.
2. Informal To retire or compel to retire from work or a full workload.
See also: out, pasture, put
References in classic literature ?
The very cows are driven to their country pastures before the end of May; though I have heard of one unnatural farmer who kept his cow in the barn and fed her on hay all the year round.
It was covered by a little dry pasture, and we had the pleasant sight of a herd of cattle amidst the surrounding rocky deserts.
About noon, finding pasture for the animals and bushes for firewood at Los Arenales, we stopped for the night.
What should we think of the shepherd's life if his flocks always wandered to higher pastures than his thoughts?
It is nothing," he said; "the poor, dumb beasties are not to be blamed for straying into fatter pastures.
Broad, oak-studded pastures with grazing livestock lay on either hand.
168-176) But at the time when the herdsmen driver their oxen and hardy sheep back to the fold from the flowery pastures, even then Aphrodite poured soft sleep upon Anchises, but herself put on her rich raiment.
He said in his statement Tuesday before the Parliament on the situation of the pasture and natural fodder, that the core solution for the feed gap was to provide about 15 million Kenana feed sacks for distribution to the livestock breeders in all the country, cultivation of an area of one million acres of green fodder in all agricultural projects in the states and optimum exploitation of agricultural residuals and to be manufactured in order to achieve abundance of forage.
Instead it is part of a woodland pasture, a group of open-grown trees shading grass and livestock.
Their 1,200 cows remain on pasture all day, every day, "strolling into the barn at milking time and then making their way back out onto pasture as soon as they're done," said Aaron McAfee, COO of Organic Pastures Dairy Company.
To maintain a pasture-based system whereby >50% of the total diet is pasture (Garcia and Fulkerson, 2005), large herds will be required to walk significant distances in automatic milking system (AMS).
Numerous studies have consistently reported that conversion of intensive cropping to permanent pasture increases SOC (Conant et at.
Member of the Parliament Bakhadyr Sulaimanov expressed concerns over degradation of pasture lands in Kyrgyzstan and use of drylands as pastures.
A NEW certification mark has been created for meat that comes from animals that only eat pasture, rather than cereal feeds.
Damascus, SANA -- The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) has released an atlas of pasture species and varieties in the Arab countries.