Put Someone Out To Pasture

Meaning of Idiom ‘Put Someone Out to Pasture’

To put someone out to pasture means to force them to stop working because they are considered too old to be effective; to cause someone to retire. cambridge, heritage

Examples of Use

“My grandfather refused to be put out to pasture. He was still working at over 80 years old.”

“My company put me out to pasture at 65. They call it mandatory retirement.”

“I’m only 63 and in a few years they’ll put me out to pasture. I still feel young!”


Used since at least the 1960s, this idiom refers to the practice of sending working farm animals, such as horses, to graze in a pasture after they are too old to work.

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