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out to pasture

out to pasture

Date: Sep 13 2018

Themes: Celebrity, Work


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I feel like I’m an example of the fact that you just can’t put those old gals out to pasture. We’ve got a lot of stuff still to say.”

Actress Meryl Streep, talking about winning an award in Hollywood (Huffington Post)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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not working; retired

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Before machines became common, horses and other animals did a lot of work. Horses pulled tractors to get fields ready to plant. People also used horses for transportation. However, when a horse became too old to work, something had to be done. The old horses would be put out to pasture. There the animals would enjoy the rest of their lives quietly in fields of green grass, eating and resting after a long life of hard work.

When people are put out to pasture, it means they stop working. Maybe they choose to retire because they’ve worked for many years and they’re ready for a rest. Sometimes people don’t have a choice about being put out to pasture. Their company might go out of business or someone else might get their job. Either way, the person who is out to pasture isn’t working anymore.

For actress Meryl Streep, winning an award after she’s already starred in many films, shows that she isn’t ready to be put out to pasture yet, even though she’s older than other actresses. She still has the energy to make more movies, so she’s going to keep working. She’ll probably quit sometime, but it won’t be anytime soon.

When should people be put out to pasture? Do you want to retire young or keep working when you’re old?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“After working for 50 years as a banker, Jim decided it was time to put himself out to pasture.”

“All the critics said the model should go out to pasture after she had a baby.”

“The author published 25 books then decided to put her characters out to pasture.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

 julito To put her to live out her days with no work to do because she is to old according Hollywood`s standards
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I am gradually being put out to pasture at work. That’s why I come here to practise and improve my English to get a new job. This new vocabulary is appropriate to my situation.

02:17 AM Sep 13 2018 |




I think it’s better when you decide to be out to pasture than when others decide that for you.

I hope to go out to pasture in my 50s to be able to enjoy more what I have.  I have enjoyed my life at limit, so far.  Every single moment has been rewarding.

What I think it’s more important is to plan ahead, to have an idea at least about your budget, activities and people that could be around you at that moment.

Have a nice day :D

08:00 PM Feb 07 2014 |




In my opinion whenever sb’s performance or efficiency decline dramatically for a while it’s the time he should put himself out to pasture no matter whom he is and what he did. For instance Diego Marodona, pele and other great superstars in football retired themselves and hanged their shoes on their neck. I always admire actors, players and other famous people when they put themselves out to pasute while they are at their apex time. i.e Zizo(Zeynedin zeydan) French soccer player. 

In fact for us as ordinary people money is the main thing we care about it. Consequently, if we make much more money enough for the rest of our lives maybe we will put ourselves out to pasture, too. 

08:41 AM Feb 06 2014 |




I don’t see the act of going out to pasture as a bad thing! I mean, when it comes to this subject, people get sad! Just as if they were going to die…

I definitely don’t see things in this way… I’m only 19, but I want to retire as soon as possible! And don’t you think that I won’t have anything to do… I will! And a lot of things!

I think about maybe blowing the money that I’ll get out on a bunch of trips! If we can’t do that when we’re still younger, why not when we’re “old”? I can’t see the time for that! (yn) 

11:51 AM Feb 03 2014 |




whatever pasture, only if I live better off with rich pension, insurance, and respectable life, what do you say. 

09:47 AM Feb 02 2014 |

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I heard those retired people, babyboomers, they got used to work so much that even when they retire, doing nothing is slowly “killing” them and they get back to pasture with all their efforts, but it’s tough.

06:40 PM Jan 31 2014 |




well i like put out to pasture wen i being old men but i don`t know how i`d feel about those times i don`t know when the people get older and you are a old man you think that your are a failure for the people or your family or the whole world

05:07 PM Jan 30 2014 |

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I have reached the age  when it is supposed  that as i am  collecting a pension from  social security  i shouldn`t work anymore ,thenceforth  putting myself out to pasture  the rest of my life. The reality is that the money  I receive  from the government  it is short of a  misery , hard to make ends meet, forget about pasturing !!,I must  keep on working, besides,  it is very “stressful”  not having nothing to do  . We must have our mind  and body  healthy  doing exercise and have some kind of  routine  everyday.  

02:20 PM Jan 30 2014 |




I never think Meryl Streep is old for movies,I am her loyal funs,I would always support on her. 

02:20 AM Jan 30 2014 |




I think the actress Meryl Streep was right. We must decide by ourselves, when it is possible of course, when we should go ” out of pasture” , not other people!!

We, elderly people, are going to play on the border of the football field to avoid that the ball goes out of the field…....and to save your game…who wants to understand, he/she will understand…

09:33 PM Jan 29 2014 |

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