(to be) past your/its prime

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - past its prime

"(to be) past your/its prime"

beyond the best, most successful or most productive period


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - past its prime

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I am thinking about transferring to a different department.

Colleague 2: Why is that?

Colleague 1: Sales is such a high-energy, demanding department and really for younger individuals. I feel as though I may be past my prime. I started out really hot for a number of years but over the last year or so, my numbers have been declining. I think I have passed my peak in the sales area.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - past its prime

A couple are talking ...

Wife: Could you please give me a ride to work this morning?

Husband: Sure. What's wrong with your car?

Wife: It is in the shop again.

Husband: That's the third time this year.

Wife: Well, my car is eight years old and probably past its prime.

Husband: I suppose we should think about buying you a new car, then.

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(to be) past your/its prime - Gerund Form:

Being past his prime, he had no chance of winning the race.

Being past its prime, the machine needed to be replaced.

(to be) past your/its prime - Examples:

1)  ... and at 25 years old Latendresse is far from being 'past his prime'. He still has another four or five years of peak physical condition in ...

2)  An old skinny bear hangs out back there too, he looks well past his prime and his skin hangs from a bony frame.

3)  This time the target was Goliath, now well past his prime, with a bald head, very worn teeth, protruding ribs and spine.

4)  ... a sport which is all about getting hammered. I think he is past his prime to make a serious impact in boxing.

5)  Between 1996 and 1998 he was superhuman. # Even past his prime he was often brilliant.

6)  We need to keep hold. He's no where near past his prime and is still one of European best.

7)  ... and technological change will dominate the working landscape. Many individuals may be past their prime when it comes to understanding, learning and applying new technology.

8)  ... a while our online maps have felt a little neglected, a bit past their prime, and unfortunately almost archaic when compared to Google Maps and Bing Maps.

9)  The same sad perfume of roses spent, wilting at the edges and past their prime.

10)  None of the women I saw were past their prime -many of them were barely of legal drinking age.

11)  Pears slightly past their prime are transformed into a spiced sauce that moistens the cake.

12)  Here again, when the body no longer grows for those past their prime, he says that it becomes colder due to idleness.

13)  They're past their prime and have had more than enough chances, failing to deliver time after time.

14)  ... couple of years old and has had heavy use then it may be past its prime. Has it had any repairs? Kites do get damaged.

15)  For better or worse, it's past its prime, and I think it's about time to make it better!

16)  ... out-of-tune Steinway concert grand that looked like it was six or seven decades past its prime ...

17)  That's long-awaited news for many fans who consider the show well past its prime and think Ricky Gervais has milked the poor franchise cow hard enough. 

18)  ... is a run-down, ramshackle Indian palace, well past its prime; the doors have fallen off, the taps drip and the bedrooms are full ...

19)  I suppose the other reason for hanging on to a plant past its prime is sentiment: the gift that someone gave, the souvenir of some special place ...

20)  If Hong Kong is past its prime, why are the rents still zooming up?