to get along in years

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - get along in years

"to get along in years"

to be old;

to be elderly or aging


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get along in years

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: This bloody computer is driving me crazy. I think I need a new one.

Colleague 2: How old is your computer?

Colleague 1: It is getting along in years. It must be almost seven years old now.

Colleague 2: That is pretty ancient in terms of computers. Yes. It is time for a new one before this one just breaks down altogether.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get along in years

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: This getting older business is no fun at all. I thought I was pretty well indestructible when I was younger but starting in my mid-fifties, my body is not as healthy as it was. I started developing all sorts of aches and pains and I certainly do not recover from illness as quickly as I used to.

Friend 2: That is all pretty normal when you get along in years. It is a part of the aging process.

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to get along in years - Gerund Form:

Getting along in years, she just celebrated her seventieth birthday.

to get along in years - Examples:

1)  ... elderly bother talking to other grumpy old people? (He was getting along in years at the time.)

2)  ... have a washboard for scrubbing out the clothes. You must be getting along in years if you used one of those.

3)  However I do understand how technology can be intimidating for people getting along in years.

4)  Hernandez is not actually Mexican, just confused. He's getting along in years, but I still love him.

5)  He was getting along in years to the point that he was certain children were no longer possible.

6)  I'm tenured, getting along in years, less ambitious than I was as a young guy, thinking of retirement, ...

7)  ... she called me to say the cat had died, it had been getting along in years.

8)  For a player getting along in years, the time off can be good for healing.

9)  The Lions you should know, like many of us, are getting along in years. They would dearly welcome some younger participation.

10)  Well, not to be unkind but they are getting along in years and will probably be less than able to take on some of the more rigorous ...

11)  ... you or a member of your party have walking difficulties or are getting along in years like us in our 60s, on leaving and entering this place one has to ...

12)  It could be old age if he is getting along in years

13)  ... chances are that if yours stops working it's because it's getting along in years and some vital component has simply worn out.

14)  The local radio circuits are getting along in years, and have recently shown to be unreliable.

15)  He might've been getting along in years, might've been slow as an old favourite cow, but Lamb was strong.

16)  Both the king and the goose were getting along in years and as time passed, the goose became weak and unable to fly.

17)  For I am an old man, and my wife is getting along in years.

18)  They were getting along in years, stuck in their rest-home, miles away from home.

19)  See, he knows I'm getting along in years and that my vision isn't as good as it used to be.

20)  The greatest weakness of this book is that it is getting along in years, and will soon be dated.