ripe old age

ripe old age

a very old age. Mr. Smith died last night, but he lived to a ripe old age—99. All the Smiths seem to reach a ripe old age.
See also: age, old, ripe

ripe old age

An age advanced in years, as in I expect to live to a ripe old age. The adjective ripe here means "fully developed physically and mentally," but the current use of the idiom usually just signifies a long lifespan. [Second half of 1300s]
See also: age, old, ripe
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No doubt Henry would pardon her outburst, and go on blustering and muddling into a ripe old age.
At the ripe old age of seventy-two he was climbing around a corner of a lofty precipice of the Pic du Midi--nobody with him--when he slipped and fell.
He might have lived to a ripe old age if he'd stayed at home," Henry agreed.
In the richer areas you will live to a ripe old age and be as fit as a flea.
NAME: Luca APPEARANCE: Black beauty SPECIAL SKILLS: Luca hasn't got to the ripe old age of 13 without learning a trick or two.
Tom French, a biologist with the state wildlife department, said the bird was 14, a ripe old age for a peregrine falcon.
Sadly, most of us don't achieve Drake's career trajectory, starting at the bottom and flying a private jet by the ripe old age of 27.
MOST of us expect not be around to hit the (very) ripe old age of 100, and if we do survive that long we won't be up for too much.
FIR PARK legend Andy Paton has passed away at the ripe old age of 91.
Living to the ripe old age of 500 might be a possibility if what works for worms can apply to humans, a study has shown.
We are a species expanding out of control, which works tirelessly to ensure all live to a ripe old age, regardless of quality of life.
As a young man, Cardano predicted he would die at the ripe old age of 75 on September 21, 1576.
By the time you reached year nine (that's third year in old money) you'd discovered the little girl who had apparently plunged to her death down the staircase and haunted the place ever since had in fact lived to a ripe old age and died comfortably in her bed at home.
I WAS pleased to read that the Henderson triplets had reached the ripe old age of 40.
WOMEN feel at their sexiest when they're at the ripe old age of 28, apparently.