put out to pasture

Definition of put out to pasture

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

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

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

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

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

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

  2. : land or a plot of land used for grazing

  3. : the feeding of livestock : grazing

  1. : graze, browse

  2. : to feed (animals, such as cattle) on pasture

  3. : to use as pasture


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