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relegate (someone or something) to (something)

To consign someone or something to some inferior, obscure, or trivial rank, status, position, place, category, etc. Often used in passive constructions. So brief was his presidency that William Henry Harrison has been relegated to little more than a footnote in American history. Rather than firing me outright, they've relegated me to a thankless, dead-end job in the company. Failing to find critical success in the art work, his work has been relegated to the lobbies of cheap hotels and cafés.
See also: relegate

relegate someone to someone or something

to assign someone to someone or something. (Often refers to something unimportant or demeaning.) They relegated the old man to a bed in the corner. The former vice president was relegated to the position of manager of special projects.
See also: relegate
References in classic literature ?
Like the ancient Sophists, he relegates the more important principles of ethics to custom and probability.
Patrick van Aanholt's first-half free-kick and two further goals from Lamine Kone got the win the Black Cats needed to stay up and relegate Norwich and local rivals Newcastle instead.
Denis didn't relegate Manchester United, Everton did.
But several clubs have accused League chiefs of "moving the goalposts" during the season by abandoning their policy of using ground criteria to relegate in the first instance.
THE Nigerian League has vowed to relegate clubs if referees come under attack in the second half of the season.
The simple answer is why not have 21 clubs in the Premiership next season and relegate four of them at the end.