put someone out to pasture

put someone out to pasture
put (someone) out to pasture to make someone stop working at their job because they are too old to be useful.

At 62, he felt he was not ready to be put out to pasture.

Etymology: based on the tradition of keeping farm animals that are too old to work in a pasture (= land covered with grass)

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  • put someone out to pasture — phrase humorous to make someone leave their job because they are considered to be too old I’m not ready to be put out to pasture just yet! Thesaurus: forcing someone and being forced to leave a jobsynonym applying and interviewing for jobshyponym …   Useful english dictionary

  • put someone out to pasture — If someone is put out to pasture, they are forced to resign or give up some responsibilities …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • put someone out to pasture —    If someone is put out to pasture, they are forced to resign or give up some responsibilities.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • put someone out to pasture — humorous to make someone leave their job because they are considered to be too old I m not ready to be put out to pasture just yet! …   English dictionary

  • put someone out to grass — informal phrase to force someone to leave a job because they are old and no longer useful Thesaurus: forcing someone and being forced to leave a jobsynonym applying and interviewing for jobshyponym Main entry: grass * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • put out to pasture — 1. To release an animal into a pasture to graze 2. To force a person to retire from work • • • Main Entry: ↑pasture * * * put (someone) out to pasture : to force (someone) to leave a job because of old age I m not ready to be put out to pasture… …   Useful english dictionary

  • put out to pasture — put (someone) out to pasture to make someone stop working at their job because they are too old to be useful. At 62, he felt he was not ready to be put out to pasture. Etymology: based on the tradition of keeping farm animals that are too old to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • put out to pasture —    To say that someone has been put out to pasture means that they have been forced to retire or give up their responsibilities.     He s in good health and he feels it s too early to be put out to pasture …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pasture — pas|ture1 [ pærstʃə ] noun count or uncount land covered with grass where sheep, cows, etc. are kept: 100 acres of pasture and woodland green/rich/lush pastures greener pastures HUMOROUS a new, better, and more interesting place, job, or activity …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pasture — I UK [ˈpɑːstʃə(r)] / US [ˈpærstʃə] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms pasture : singular pasture plural pastures land covered with grass where sheep, cows etc are kept 100 acres of pasture and woodland green/rich/lush pastures • (fresh… …   English dictionary

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