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He‘s long in the tooth

he's getting old

TRANSLATION

long in the tooth = nicht mehr der Jüngste sein --- GOOGLE INDEX long in the tooth: approximately 350,000 hits

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IN THE PRESS

"I thought I was getting a bit LONG IN THE TOOTH for this sort of stuff, but it’s a bit of fun."

- Dean Mercer, 38-year-old Ironman competitor

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An ongoing concern is whether the firm's core products, despite regular upgrades, are getting a little LONG IN THE TOOTH.

(Chicago Tribune)

Did you
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long in the tooth
idiom

- to become old
- to be not as fit or sharp as one used to be

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WORD ORIGIN

The expression "long in the tooth" is based on the idea that teeth appear to grow longer in some animals as they get older. This is especially true of horses and yes, even some humans who suffer from receding gums in their twilight years. But that doesn't stop some people from living a full life despite getting a bit long in the tooth.

Britain's oldest known newlyweds, 94-year-old James Mason and his 84-year-old bride Peggy, invested in a new motorhome after getting married in January 2008.

Peggy, who did all the driving, held a clean driving licence since 1939. She was once employed as security van driver.

"My first car was a little Austin 7, which I had to start at the front with a handle," she told BBC News.

James, who came up with the idea of a road trip, says he's quite content to let his wife do the driving.

"At 94, I'm a bit LONG IN THE TOOTH now for long-distance trips, but I'm sure I'll be able to keep her entertained," he said.

(BBC News)

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SYNONYMS

to grow old, to become elderly, to get on in years, to show one's years, to have seen better days, to be past one's prime

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"Bob intends to retire before he gets too LONG IN THE TOOTH."


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