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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
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When I go out of the house for a walk, uncertain as yet whither I will bend my steps, and submit myself to my instinct to decide for me, I find, strange and whimsical as it may seem, that I finally and inevitably settle southwest, toward some particular wood or meadow or deserted pasture or hill in that direction.
I love even to see the domestic animals reassert their native rights--any evidence that they have not wholly lost their original wild habits and vigor; as when my neighbor's cow breaks out of her pasture early in the spring and boldly swims the river, a cold, gray tide, twenty-five or thirty rods wide, swollen by the melted snow.
An afternoon sufficed to lay out the land into orchard, wood-lot, and pasture, and to decide what fine oaks or pines should be left to stand before the door, and whence each blasted tree could be seen to the best advantage; and then I let it lie, fallow, perchance, for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
I was in haste to buy it, before the proprietor finished getting out some rocks, cutting down the hollow apple trees, and grubbing up some young birches which had sprung up in the pasture, or, in short, had made any more of his improvements.
Then there's pasture ropes, an' nose-bags, an' a harness punch, an' all such things.
He would go struggling through the pasture, unable to see twenty-five feet ahead of him, the cold dew or snow soaking through his overalls, his shoes becoming wet.
He could run a mower, and clean a pasture of weeds in a day.
At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field.
Beyond this road lay a close-cropped pasture of some ten acres, level and without a tree, rock, or any natural or artificial object on its surface.
Williamson strolled leisurely down the gravel walk, plucking a flower as he went, passed across the road and into the pasture, pausing a moment as he closed the gate leading into it, to greet a passing neighbor, Armour Wren, who lived on an adjoining plantation.
The coachman was directed to drive back, and as the vehicle turned Williamson was seen by all three, walking leisurely across the pasture.
In the inhabited parts we bought a little firewood, hired pasture for the animals, and bivouacked in the corner of the same field with them.
In this south part of Chile, the men who drive cattle into the Cordillera, and who frequent every ravine where there is a little pasture, are the usual discoverers.
It was covered by a little dry pasture, and we had the pleasant sight of a herd of cattle amidst the surrounding rocky deserts.
He who leadeth his sheep to the greenest pasture, shall always be for me the best shepherd: so doth it accord with good sleep.