retire into (something or some place)

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retire into (something or some place)

1. To move into a particular kind of living arrangement when one retires. My parents sold our big family home and retired into a small villa off the coast of Spain. I have no intention of retiring into some old folks' home, thank you very much.
2. To enter into a particular situation or set of conditions upon one's retirement. I had the misfortune of retiring into a floundering economy, so my investments were either not making as much as I'd been counting on, or else were outright losing money. After working so hard all my life, I'm looking forward to retiring into a life of rest and relaxation.
3. To withdraw to some location in order to rest or seek seclusion. Ah, what a wonderful meal. Shall we retire into the drawing room, everyone? He retired into a corner of the room, overwhelmed by the number of people at the party.
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Jos's position in life was not grand enough to entitle him to a house in Moira Place, where none can live but retired Members of Council, and partners of Indian firms (who break, after having settled a hundred thousand pounds on their wives, and retire into comparative penury to a country place and four thousand a year); he engaged a comfortable house of a second- or third-rate order in Gillespie Street, purchasing the carpets, costly mirrors, and handsome and appropriate planned furniture by Seddons from the assignees of Mr.