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
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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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hang up your boots

stop working; retire. informal
Boots are seen in this expression as part of a person's working clothes. A common Canadian variant is hang up your skates .
1997 Farmers Weekly The hard fact is that all farmers, whether the pension scheme is attractive or not, are, mostly, reluctant to hang their boots up.
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hang up your ˈboots

stop playing football, etc. because you are too old or ill/sick to continue: At the age of 38, he decided it was time to hang up his boots.
See also: boot, hang, up
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The 38-year-old, who has returned 17 goals in all competitions for the Seasiders during the present campaign, is already signed on for next term at Bloomfield Road and would ideally hang up his boots after one last stint at the pinnacle of the English game.
PENALTY shoot-out hero GEORGE BOATENG admits he would be happy to hang up his boots if MIDDLESBROUGH reached - and won - the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley.
He was forced to hang up his boots at the age of just 22 after being diagnosed with the muscle-wasting disease but enjoyed a testimonial match from his Villa team-mates in October 1978.
Speaking in the club magazine, Adam admitted he may follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Vincent Guerin and hang up his boots at the age of 33.