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greener pastures

A place or thing that is an improvement on one's current situation. I liked my job here, but it just didn't pay enough, so I had to go to greener pastures.
See also: greener, pasture

new pastures

A new job or place to live that offers new experiences or opportunities. Starting next month, I'll be packing up my job with the newspaper and heading off to new pastures. I've loved living in New York City, but it's time to find new pastures.
See also: new, pasture

pastures new

A new job or place to live that offers new experiences or opportunities. Primarily heard in UK. Starting next month, I'll be packing up my job with the newspaper and heading off to pastures new. I've loved living in London, but it's time to find pastures new.
See also: new, pasture

put (someone or something) out to pasture

1. Of a person, to force, coerce, or pressure into retiring from their work. The CEO was shaped the company into what it is today, but she's getting on in years and the board of directors has decided to put her out to pasture.
2. Of a piece of equipment, to retire from use or replace with something newer. I got through my entire graduate degree on this clunky old laptop, but I think it's finally time to put it out to pasture.
See also: out, pasture, put

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 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 someone out to pasture

If you put someone out to pasture, you make them retire from their job, or move them to an unimportant job, usually because you think that they are too old to be useful. I'm retiring next month. They're putting me out to pasture. He should not yet be put out to pasture. His ministerial experience is valuable. Compare with be put out to grass. Note: When horses have reached the end of their working lives, they are sometimes released into fields (= pasture) to graze.
See also: out, pasture, put

greener pastures

People talk about greener pastures to mean a better life or situation than the one they are in now. A lot of nurses seek greener pastures overseas. They moved around for years, sometimes even leaving the state for what they thought would be greener pastures.
See also: greener, pasture

pastures new

COMMON If someone moves on to pastures new, they leave their present place or situation and move to a new one. Michael decided he wanted to move on to pastures new for financial reasons. I found myself packing a suitcase and heading for pastures new. Note: You can also talk about moving on to new pastures or fresh pastures. No matter how much we long for new pastures, when we reach them they can seem like a bad idea. Note: This is a quotation from `Lycidas' (1638) by the English poet Milton: `At last he rose, and twitch'd his Mantle blew: Tomorrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new.' This is sometimes wrongly quoted as `fresh fields and pastures new'.
See also: new, pasture

(fresh fields and) pastures new

a place or activity regarded as offering new opportunities.
The expression is a slightly garbled version of a line from Milton's poem Lycidas ( 1637 ): ‘Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new’.
See also: new, pasture

put someone out to pasture

force someone to retire.
See also: out, pasture, put

put somebody out to ˈpasture

(informal, humorous) ask somebody to leave a job because they are getting old; make somebody retire: Isn’t it time some of these politicians were put out to pasture?This expression refers to old farm horses or other animals, which no longer work and stay in the fields (= pastures) all day.
See also: out, pasture, put, somebody

ˌpastures ˈnew

a new job, place to live, way of life, etc: After 10 years as a teacher, Jen felt it was time to move on to pastures new.Without warning, she left him for pastures new.
See also: new, pasture

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.