to a/the ripe old age

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to a/the ripe old age

To an especially old age. You won't live to a ripe old age if you keep eating all that junk food! My grandmother on my dad's side lived to the ripe old age of 108.
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at/to the ripe old age of...

at/to a very old age: My grandmother lived to a ripe old age.My uncle was still driving a car at the ripe old age of 89.
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NAME: Luca APPEARANCE: Black beauty SPECIAL SKILLS: Luca hasn't got to the ripe old age of 13 without learning a trick or two.
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.
WITH regard to Richard Huddleston's letter on Weather Control, while I am pleased that he plans to live to the ripe old age of 100, without the investment in new technology for renewable energy he will find himself spending most of that time in the dark and cold as supplies of fossil fuels become increasingly scarce and expensive.
I'm sure those who have lost loved ones to smoking, either directly or indirectly will be thrilled to bits to read about this letter writer's dear old granny who lived to the ripe old age of 98.
The fact that a former 100-a-day smoker, having quit in his middle age, lived to the ripe old age of 72 is a tremendous message to all smokers.
While other mice were eating as much as they pleased and living to the ripe old age (for mice, at least) of 30 months, N/R.
Oldest man ever: Shigechiyo Izumi of Japan lived to the ripe old age of 120.
But a healthy diet meant she lived to the ripe old age of 30, unusual in Stone Age times.
Marie Ellis puffed her way through more than 500,000 fags and lived to the ripe old age of 105.