relegate (someone or something) to (something)

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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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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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One day, however-- sad and melancholy day!-- peace was signed between the survivors of the war; the thunder of the guns gradually ceased, the mortars were silent, the howitzers were muzzled for an indefinite period, the cannon, with muzzles depressed, were returned into the arsenal, the shot were repiled, all bloody reminiscences were effaced; the cotton-plants grew luxuriantly in the well-manured fields, all mourning garments were laid aside, together with grief; and the Gun Club was relegated to profound inactivity.
And by a mechanical movement, the skipper put aside the telescope, and the pursuing ship, relegated to the horizon, appeared again in its true aspect.
This cell, with the exception, possibly, of some glass phials, relegated to a corner, and filled with a decidedly equivocal powder, which strongly resembled the alchemist's "powder of projection," presented nothing strange or mysterious.
George Whitefield and the Duke have been relegated to the upstairs hall.
Welland's vagaries; and Archer felt himself gently relegated to the category of unreasonable husbands.
Ordinary heads, of bushmen and salt-water men, and even of schnapps- drinking white men like Borckman, he relegated to the canoe houses and devil devil houses.
The breath of the Potomac, on the boat, had been a little harsh, but on the softly-curving lawn, beneath the clustered trees, with the river relegated to a mere shining presence far below and in the distance, the day gave out nothing but its mildness, the whole scene became noble and genial.
JAMAAL Lascelles says he would not seek a transfer from Newcastle United if they were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship this season, writes LEE RYDER.
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).
Newcastlefans, who were told to 'enjoy' Burton away when their club were relegated to the Championship back in May 2016, have made the most of Sunderland's fall into the third tier of English football.
1995: Relegated to third tier where they languish for five years.
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The number of teams exchanged between the divisions is normally identical--typically the three lowest placed teams in the top tier are relegated to the second-class league and replaced by the three best-performing teams from that second division.
"Not many clubs can take over 40,000 supporters to Wembley, as Luton did for a Johnstone's Paint Trophy final the year they were relegated to the Conference.