long in the tooth

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - long in the tooth

"long in the tooth"

to be old;

to be elderly or aging


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - long in the tooth

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 long in the tooth. 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 - long in the tooth

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 long in the tooth. It is a part of the aging process.

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long in the tooth - Gerund Form:

Getting long in the tooth, she just celebrated her seventieth birthday.

long in the tooth - Examples:

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

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

3)  However I do understand how technology can be intimidating for people getting long in the tooth.

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

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

6)  I'm tenured, getting long in the tooth, 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 long in the tooth.

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

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

10)  Well, not to be unkind but they are getting long in the tooth 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 long in the tooth like us in our 60s, on leaving and entering this place one has to ...

12)  It could be old age if he is getting long in the tooth

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

14)  The local radio circuits are getting long in the tooth, and have recently shown to be unreliable.

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

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

17)  For I am an old man, and my wife is getting long in the tooth.

18)  They were getting long in the tooth, stuck in their rest-home, miles away from home.

19)  See, he knows I'm getting long in the tooth 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 long in the tooth, and will soon be dated.