out of circulation

idiom

1
: so as to be no longer passing from person to person or place to place
coins that have gone out of circulation
The magazine has been taken out of circulation; it will no longer be sold.
2
: unable to go out socially
He'll be out of circulation for a while after the surgery.

Examples of out of circulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mint’s website says banks may return excess coins to the Federal Reserve, which may either redistribute them or take them out of circulation. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 That little happy-birthday dedication would put the Dickies out of circulation for a month, and Leonard would do his next show in a wheelchair. Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 For a while, officials hoped high levels of antibodies would drive the virus out of circulation altogether. Melissa Healy, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2023 The notes going out of circulation feature Adam Smith, a Scottish economist who wrote a seminal text on capitalism, and the industrialist-inventors Matthew Boulton and James Watt. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 The impacts of taking wells out of circulation are also felt by a variety of businesses that sell a broad range of well-head services and supplies: seismic analysts, well drillers, refinery operators and manufacturers of metal tubing, mud and cement. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 The movie had run its course by the time Kennedy was killed, naturally falling out of circulation as movies do since its first release a year before, and was never banned. Matt Novak, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 Although colonial postcards have long gone out of circulation, Loukidis believes Africa continues to be misrepresented in modern imagery. Rochelle Beighton, CNN, 8 Dec. 2022 While protesters marched just a few streets away, the Salt Lake City Police Department hosted a gun buyback Saturday afternoon for those who wanted to take their firearms out of circulation. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 June 2022

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“Out of circulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20circulation. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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