phase out(redirected from phase someone out)
To gradually eliminate or remove someone or something from some condition, function, or situation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "phase" and "out." Of course I'm worried—the corporate office is phasing out all of the jobs in our department! When was the two-dollar bill phased out of circulation? Let's start giving Sarah more of Bill's responsibilities so that we can start phasing him out.
To take something or someone out of service gradually or in stages: The company phased out the old model of vacuum cleaner, and it's hard to find any in the stores now. We will gradually phase the old schedule out to create a more efficient one.