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be put out to grass

To be forced, coerced, or pressured into retiring from one's work. The CEO shaped the company into what it is today, but the board of directors has decided that she needs to be put out to grass simply because she's getting older.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

be put out to grass

If someone is put out to grass, they are made to retire from their job, or they are moved to a less important job, because people think that they are too old to be useful. As for the presenters of the show, they should have been put out to grass long ago. The Prime Minister refused to be put out to grass. Asked if he would quit, he replied `The answer is no.' Compare with put someone out to pasture. Note: When horses have reached the end of their working lives, they are sometimes released into fields to graze.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put out to grass/pasture, to be

To be retired from active duty; to rusticate. This term, which refers to animals that are turned out to a meadow or range, particularly a horse that is too old to work, was transferred to human beings as early as the sixteenth century. John Heywood used it in his 1546 proverb collection: “He turnde hir out at doores to grasse on the playne.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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