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the vale of years

The last or declining years of one's age or career. Astride his motorcycle with thick chestnut hair and a deep, booming voice, my grandfather looks very little like a man who has slipped into the vale of years.
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vale of tears

Life or the world at large regarded as a source of sorrow, strife, or tragedy. I'm only glad that she is at peace and can leave this vale of tears behind. If you convince yourself that life is nothing but a vale of tears, you will end up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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(this) vale of tears

Fig. the earth; mortal life on earth. (A vale is a literary word for valley.) When it comes time for me to leave this vale of tears, I hope I can leave some worthwhile memories behind. Uncle Fred left this vale of tears early this morning.
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vale of tears

the world regarded as a scene of trouble or sorrow. literary
This phrase dates from the mid 16th century; earlier variants included vale of trouble , vale of weeping , and vale of woe .
1997 Shetland Times Then by God's grace we'll meet again, Beyond this vale of tears.
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the vale of years

the declining years of a person's life; old age.
This expression comes from Shakespeare 's Othello: ‘for I am declin'd into the vale of yeares’.
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Jones wrapped up the points for the Vale in the 85th minute with a clinical strike after showing the visitors' defence a clean pair of heels to latch on to a through ball from Foley.
At this moment Vale is struggling financially," he said.
He continued: "Vale councillors said in September that we felt the Vale was strong enough to be a stand-alone local authority and did not need to merge.
PT Vale produces about 75,000 mt/y of nickel in matte from lateritic ores at integrated mining and processing facilities near Sorowako on the island of Sulawesi.
Port Vale does not tolerate mindless behaviour of any kind and any supporter who is found to be partaking in abusive or discriminatory behaviour of a racist nature faces a life ban from Vale Park, as well as the possibility of criminal proceedings.
In 2007, Vale decided to create its own shipping fleet to manage the lucrative ore trade to China, producer of just under half the world's steel.
Marcos Beluco, country manager of Vale Oman, said the total investment of Vale's industrial complex in Liwa had exceeded $2 billion, which included the construction of a jetty built by Sohar Industrial Port Company and the construction of four very large ore carriers (VLOCs) by Oman Shipping Company named Vale Liwa, Vale Sohar, Vale Shinas and Vale Saham.
Adams now returns to Port Vale, who finished 11th in League Two this season.
Castle Vale had been tenants of Birmingham City Council at Vale Stadium, the former home of Paget Rangers, but they feel it's time to find a new home.
In May 2010, Vale entered into a strategic partnership with the Omani government through the sale of a 30 per cent stake in the Pelletizing Company to Oman Oil Company.
Common Shares and Class A Preferred Shares of Vale are presently listed on BM&FBOVESPA, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and, in the form of American Depositary Receipts (ADR), are also listed on the New York Stock Exchange, United States, and traded on NYSE Euronext, in Paris, France.
PORT VALE 2 NOTTS COUNTY 1 MICKY ADAMS guided his Vale side into the play-off places by becoming the first side to beat County since Steve Cotterill took the reins.
Participating airports also receive credits for the emission reductions achieved through VALE projects in accordance with the law and guidance.
GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie has played down the possibility of a return to former club Port Vale after being linked to the vacant managerial post at Vale Park.