put out to pasture

Definition of put out to pasture

  1. 1 :  to bring animals to a large area of land to feed on the grass there put the sheep out to pasture

  2. 2 :  to force (someone) to leave a job because of old age I'm not ready to be put out to pasture yet. —sometimes used of things I put my old computer out to pasture.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. :  plants (as grass) grown for the feeding especially of grazing animals

    :  land or a plot of land used for grazing

    :  the feeding of livestock :  grazing

  1. :  graze, browse

    :  to feed (as cattle) on pasture

    :  to use as pasture

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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