hang up your boots
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.
hang up your bootsBRITISH
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.
hang up your bootsstop 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.