put (someone or something) out to 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.
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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.
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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

put someone out to pasture

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

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
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