send (someone or something) out to grass(redirected from sending them out to grass)
send (someone or something) out to grass
1. Of an animal, to give it access to a grassy area to graze. Tommy is sending the cattle out to grass. Should be back in a minute.
2. 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 send her out to grass. It's high time that the team's manager is sent out to grass.
3. 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 send it out to grass.
put/turn/send somebody out to ˈgrass(informal, humorous) force somebody to stop doing their job, especially because they are old: Old Harry doesn’t seem able to remember anything nowadays. Isn’t it time he was put out to grass?
This expression refers to old farm horses or other animals, which no longer work and stay in the fields all day.