English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
|get on in years||Someone who is
getting on in years is growing old.
My grandmother is getting on in years. She's no longer able to look after her home without help.
|knee-high to a grasshopper||This term refers to
a very young and therefore small child.
Look how tall you are! Last time I saw you, you were knee-high to a grasshopper!
|long in the tooth||A person who is
long in the tooth is a bit too old to
She's a bit long in the tooth for a cabaret dancer, isn't she?
|mutton dressed as lamb||
This expression refers to a middle-aged
woman who tries to look younger by dressing
in clothes designed for younger people.
The style doesn't suit her - it has a mutton-dressed-as-lamb effect on her!
|no spring chicken||To say that someone is no spring
chicken means that they are quite old
or well past their youth.
How old is the owner? I don't know but she's no spring chicken!
|over the hill||If a person is
over the hill, they have reached an age
when they can no longer perform as well as
Gran! You say you're over the hill, but you're a super cook!
|(live to a) ripe old age||This expression
means to live until you are very old.
"If you lead a healthy life you'll live to a ripe old age." said the doctor.
|rob the cradle||If you rob the cradle, you have
a romantic relationship with someone who is
much younger than yourself.
My uncle Ted is dating a twenty-year-old girl. That's really robbing the cradle!
|senior moment||A momentary lapse
of memory, especially in older people, or an
absent-minded action such as putting the
cereals in the refrigerator,
is humorously referred to as having a senior moment.
I found the phone in the cupboard. I must have had a senior moment!
|silver surfer||A silver surfer
is an elderly person who uses the
After just a few questions my grandmother was ready to join the silver surfers.
|put years on||If an event or difficult situation
puts years on someone, it makes them
look or feel much older.
I hardly recognized Mr. Brown. His illness has put years on him.
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