getting on (in years)

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getting on (in years)

To be advanced or advancing in age; to be old or aging. I might be getting a little bit on in years, but I'm no fool when it comes to technology! Your grandfather's getting on in years, so you may need to speak a bit more loudly around him.
See also: get, on
References in classic literature ?
Princess Mary was still the same timid, plain maiden getting on in years, uselessly and joylessly passing the best years of her life in fear and constant suffering.