to get on in years

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - get on in years

"to get on in years"

to be old;

to be elderly or aging


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get on 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 on 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 on 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 on in years. It is a part of the aging process.

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to get on in years - Gerund Form:

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

to get on in years - Examples:

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

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

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

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

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

6)  I'm tenured, getting on 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 on in years.

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

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

10)  Well, not to be unkind but they are getting on 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 on 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 on in years

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

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

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

16)  Both the king and the goose were getting on 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 on in years.

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

19)  See, he knows I'm getting on 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 on in years, and will soon be dated.