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pull the pin

To leave a job, especially by retiring. The wording of the phrase alludes to train cars, which can be separated by pulling a pin from the coupler connecting them. Primarily heard in US. You're 70 years old, Pop—it's time to pull the pin and see what retirement is like.
See also: pin, pull
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