To retire means to take a permanent leave from one's profession or career. But the same word also means to end a particular activity, as in "to retire from the long day." We have gathered a list of slang words for retirement. Enjoy reading!
Slang Words for Retirement (in Alphabetical Order)
Call It a Day
(Verb) Typically to announce the end of a meeting or a work schedule, “calling it a day” can also mean one’s permanent leave.
Example: After 30 years of service, the bank’s manager is finally calling it a day.
Call It Quits
(Verb) To take one’s leave on a bitter note.
Example: When Camille’s boss finally gave her the overdue severance pay, she called it quits with him and his long working hours.
(Verb) Doing an opposite action but resulting in an overall balance.
Example: The retirement of the CEO counterpoised the promotion of his son to the CEO position.
(Idiom) A sending away payment for someone laid off earlier than expected.
Example: Stefan refuses to sign the agreement with his employer because it does not guarantee a golden handshake.
(Idiom) Basic on traffic light signals, green light signals go.
Example: Mr. Evans knew it was time for the green light when his boss gave him a box to clean up his desk space.
Hang Up One's Hat
(Idiom) Based on how all working gentlemen wore a top hat in the 1800’s, “to hang up one’s hat” is to retire from a job.
Example: The top sales agents, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Andrews, hang up their hats today.
(Verb) To say goodbye in an occupational setting.
Example: So that Mr. Jeffrey’s leave taking won’t be filled with tears, his colleagues threw him a party instead.
Out to Pasture
(Verb) An Australian slang for employees to retire at a certain age per company policy.
Example: The old security guard is not willing to be sent out to pasture because he still needs to support his grandchildren.
(Verb) To clean and pack up one’s cubicle or desk space because of retirement.
Example: Mr. Holmes packed in his stuff before dropping by the manager’s office.
(Verb) To retire from one’s work and receive financial support thereafter.
Example: Dr. Cruise chose the highest insurance to pay in all his professional years so he can be pensioned off well.
(Noun) A Canadian slang for a retiree who travels south when it gets colder in their part of Canada.
Example: The loving snowbirds signed up for a guided tour to the Southern parts of Canada.
(Verb) To retire and make space for those who will proceed or go on with their careers.
Example: The store owner will stand aside tomorrow so that his son and daughter-in-law can take over the store.
(Verb) The formal slang of letting someone go professionally and with a pension.
Example: The HR committee keeps a list of employees to be superannuated soon.
(Verb) Like how planes leave or take off from the ground, “take off” can be a conversational slang for retiring.
Example: Mrs. Johnson coolly takes off when her retirement d-day finally arrives.
Throw in the Towel
(Idiom) Usually to surrender or give up, “to throw in the towel” can also mean that it’s time to put an end to things like employment.
Example: Miranda may have formally thrown in the towel as the creative director but she is still a valued design consultant.