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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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The trouble is, for many relegated clubs, it's anything but.
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However, when asked if the club would be relegated, Lascelles responded in defiant manner.
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TAFIC supporters and the people of Francistown will vividly remember May 23, 2018 as one of their worst days as the team, they affectionately called Matjimenyenga relegated to the dreaded Debswana First Division North (FDN).
A draw or a victory for Melbourne would see Rugby Lions relegated. A try bonus or losing bonus point could see Melbourne survive if they do not concede too many points.
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Last week, Boro con-firmed that Aitor Karanka will take his side back to York City on July 9 for a 12.30pm kick-off, with the Minstermen having just been relegated from the Football League.