Definition of put someone out to pasture in English:

put someone out to pasture


  • Force someone to retire.

    ‘over time the more colourful among us have been put out to pasture’
    • ‘‘Hollywood wants to put me out to pasture, when I really want to rock,’ he complains.’
    • ‘All seven British Airways Concordes put out to pasture for the pleasure of the viewing public have now been sent to their new homes.’
    • ‘But only time can tell if the Sacred Cow will be put out to pasture.’
    • ‘I hope that when I begin to suffer from Alzheimer's disease (preferably at a very advanced age) that whatever newspaper I am writing for has the good sense to put me out to pasture.’
    • ‘NPC boss Li is said to be resisting efforts to put him out to pasture.’
    • ‘We think that if he was a CEO, he would be out to pasture now with a pretty good compensation contract to match probably.’
    • ‘People think at my age I've been put out to pasture, but I'm still very, very active and feel I can still do a job for someone.’
    • ‘Some of the others need to be put out to pasture also.’
    • ‘He should be put out to pasture along with his philosophy of trying to unionize the world.’
    • ‘In another day and another war, he might have been put out to pasture as a wounded vet with a VA disability pension.’
    • ‘‘Old senile me,’ Eric said, ‘Time to put me out to pasture.’’
    • ‘That's the name to remember in 20 years when somebody asks you who finally put him out to pasture.’
    • ‘She wasn't aging particularly well, so I put her out to pasture, tucked away in a flip case next to ‘Parasite Eve’ and ‘Warhawk’.’
    • ‘Celtic supporters had been quite comfortable with the idea of their hero voluntarily going out to pasture among the fjords, so some felt a little hurt that he now intends to have one last hurrah without them.’
    • ‘She has no idea what is expected of her, and Henry divorces her and puts her out to pasture.’
    • ‘Right now, it's commonplace to hear many people in their fifties saying they've had enough of working life and their employers are offering generous packages to put them out to pasture.’
    • ‘It may come to a point where we should just put him out to pasture, to not work him anymore.’
    • ‘He thinks there's a serial killer at work - but his colleagues, believing the case to be closed, put him out to pasture.’
    • ‘When it's ready, the old Screen Machine will be put out to pasture in Ayrshire, or Stornoway, or Campbeltown.’
    • ‘Recent polls indicate those vegetarians might put him out to pasture if he stands for re-election next year.’
    • ‘You'll remember this because you were born the same year I was, and neither of us were afraid we'd be put out to pasture yet.’