out of circulation

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - out of circulation

"out of circulation"

1) removed from the public

2) no longer available for use or social interaction


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - out of circulation

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Did you find that book you needed at the library?

Colleague 2: Apparently, it is so old that it has been taken out of circulation.

Colleague 1: That is too bad. That book contained just the information we needed to solve this problem. What are we going to do now?

Colleague 2: If we can't find the book in a library, maybe someone is selling it online. We should get on Amazon and check. Maybe we can find a copy for sale there.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out of circulation

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: It has been over five years since your divorce. Don't you think it is time to get out there and start dating again?

Friend 2: I had been married for over twenty years. And now I've been out of circulation for so long that I wouldn't even know how to date anymore.

Friend 1: Time to rediscover how.

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out of circulation - Usage:


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out of circulation - Gerund Form:

Being out of circulation, the book was no longer available.

Being out of circulation, she did not want to date anyone.

out of circulation - Examples:

1)  ... goal is to have 70 or 80 per cent of the older notes out of circulation within 18 months of issuing the new ones.

2)  The term is permanently out of circulation for any other use whatsoever.

3)  ... was replaced in 1987, will fall apart or need to be taken out of circulation in as little as three months.

4)  By that time, Lucretius' ideas had been out of circulation for centuries. 

5)  The movie has been out of circulation for decades and I am one of those people who have never seen the film.

6)  They pocket billions of dollars in profits that are taken out of circulation which in turn hurts all of us.

7)  harm a female community member. Precedent now exists for pulling this person out of circulation early, at the first sign of trouble.

8)  ... since it only matters until the iPad 2 goes out of circulation (which could be as soon as this fall with the launch of the iPad ...

9)  ...the film was widely acclaimed as a masterpiece. Largely out of circulation for the next two decades, it acquired a well-deserved cult following until ... 

10)  Why not take under performing teachers out of circulation (not fired) and have them retrained.

11)  Lottery officials tried to take the defective tickets out of circulation when they found out about the printing problem.

12)  This volume has been pulled out of circulation or is hidden in the library and is very hard to find.

13)  While taking land out of circulation for development, the reserves often squat on land that has potentially wealthy yields of ...

14)  Bad criticism drives good criticism out of circulation

15)  Getting the half that were committed terrorists out of circulation and finding out what their plans were potentially saved thousands ...

16)  Oh my dear friend - so sorry I have been out of circulation

17)  How to be employable? Not to be left out of circulation in the labor market must be sold as a strategic and value generator, ie ...

18)  ... can not or will not cooperate with authorities to get serial child abusers out of circulation.

19)  ... or bank robber is captured and taken out of circulation, no one competes to replace the murderer or rapist or robber.

20)  Taking a lane completely out of circulation for cars is not the same thing as having cabs, etc. block a lane