Hello, In the book Parrot and Olivier in America, which I am translating, I came across the above mentioned phrase. I think it is an idiom. I am afraid I don't understand it quite well. Context: Parrot is observing his mistress Mathilde. Then he approaches her, nuzzles her neck... And then he says: "I soon understood I was put out to pasture on a promise, as they say, from a genius of the female sex." Does it mean, Mathilde refused to sleep with him? Thank you for your answers.