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(as) old as Methuselah

Very old. An allusion to the biblical figure Methuselah, said to have died at the age of 969. Oh, my granny is old as Methuselah—she can't hear us. Why don't we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as old as Methuselah.
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be as old as Methuselah

To be very old or elderly. In the Bible, Methuselah lived 969 years. I know I'll have a long life because my grandparents were as old as Methuselah when they died. Of course she can't use a smartphone, she's as old as Methuselah!
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*old as Methuselah

very old. (Of a person; refers to a biblical figure held to have lived to be 969. *Also: as ~.) Old Professor Stone is as old as Methusehah but still gets around with a cane.
See also: Methuselah, old
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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