(to be) (as) old as the hills



Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - old as the hills

"(to be) (as) old as the hills"

to be very old

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - old as the hills

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Don't you think that it is about time the company replaced your computer?

Colleague 2: Why would you say that?

Colleague 1: I started working here fifteen years ago and your computer was getting old then. And now, in terms of technology, your computer is as old as the hills.

Colleague 2: I suppose it is getting old but it still seems to work OK.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - old as the hills

Two cousins are talking ...

Cousin 1: Let's ask Grandpa. He's old as the hills. He knows everything. I am sure he will know the answer.

Cousin 2: But he is so old that maybe his mind is not as strong as it once was.

Cousin 1: Still. All his wisdom and experience must surely be able to help us.

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(to be) (as) old as the hills - Usage:

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(to be) (as) old as the hills - Gerund Form:

Being as old as the hills, it was time to replace the washing machine with a newer model.




(to be) (as) old as the hills - Examples:

1)   It's not a new claim - it's as old as the hills, but the alarmists keep trying to hide it.

2)  And one activity, as old as the hills, is gathering fall mushrooms.

3)  This sort of business is as old as the hills and there has been plenty of opportunity to refine the process.

4)  ... not a trendy commercial new thing, but rather it is as old as the hills.

5)  The Patna was a local steamer as old as the hills, lean like a greyhound, and eaten up with rust worse than a condemned ...

6)  ... seem like a new thing; in fact, it's as old as the hills.

7)  ... the kind of "cultural erosion" you allude to is as old as the hills. In fact its really the historical norm.

8)  These stories are as old as the hills and have been passed down from generation to generation.

9)  As common law isn't written and is as old as the hills, we can not expect it to cover excess speed.

10)  I pulled myself to my feet, feeling as old as the hills, or at least far older than my actual age of twenty-four.

11)  The thing is, these liberty vs security arguments are as old as the hills (or at least, as old as the Magna Carta). 

12)  So true: one can be as old as the hills, but never to old to learn.

13)  The house we are staying in looks and feels as old as the hills that surround it. It's wooden, rambling and drafty.

14)  ... him on the same farm he'd been on for decades, old as the hills but still able to play that guitar. 

15)  I'm old as the hills but I refuse to grow up.

16)  These kinds of explanations are old as the hills but are always re-vamped in modern dress.

17)  The nut and shell fraud game is as old as the hills. Nothing "modern" about it.

18)  Which is quite impossible because infidelity is as old as the hills. Poor, rich or middle class, infidelity has always existed amongst all kinds ...

19)  Grandpa's old as the hills but he stays in shape by jogging two or three miles every day.

20)  Slavery has been by conquest and is as old as the hills. The Israelites were made slaves by Pharoah in Egypt.