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ripe old age

A very old age. Even at the ripe old age of 90, my grandmother still loves to go shopping. All I want at the end of my life is to die at a ripe old age surrounded by my family.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ripe old age

Advanced in years, quite old. This expression is itself of a ripe old age—it dates from the second half of the fourteenth century—and is generally used in a positive, admiring sense.W. Somerset Maugham used it in Creatures of Circumstance (1947): “. . . little house in the country where he could potter about till death claimed him at a ripe old age.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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'If you are lucky and you don't get any diseases like cancer, you get a chance to live to a ripe old age, but you hasten the process if you don't use the body,' he said.
January 26, 1915: People were living to a ripe old age in Huddersfield with the deaths reported in the Examiner of 97-year-old Hannah Cooper, of Woodhouse Hill, and William Sykes, the oldest person in Linthwaite, who died aged 95.
With 50 years of experience in the garden of the house he has lived in throughout that time, set in three-quarters of an acre in West Sussex, he now shares some of his horticultural experiences in his latest book, Growing to a Ripe Old Age.
With 50 years of gardening experience under his belt in the garden of the house he has lived in throughout that time, set in three-quarters of an acre in West Sussex, he now shares some of his horticultural experiences in his latest book, Growing To A Ripe Old Age.
I know some people will say he's much too old and might not live long enough to see his family grow up, but he could live to a ripe old age, which I hope he does.
WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez swears Jason Scotland can be the next Ryan Giggs - by gracing the Premier League until he is a ripe old age.
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I am very proud of him and feel he deserves a mention, even if it's just for getting to such a ripe old age!"
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Philemon and Baucis, having been gracious to the gods, are granted the secret wish of all happy couples: to die simultaneously at a ripe old age.
Australia is the best place for couples to live to a ripe old age. The female life expectancy in 1993 was 80.9, only bettered by France at 81.1.
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Black music has always revered veterans who are active into a ripe old age, and the exclusion of Old School rappers from the commercial cornucopia enjoyed by their juniors has been ironic and unjust.
Despite the great physical strength of trees-and the complex defensive tricks they employ to survive to a ripe old age in one place-it is a fact of life that all trees must someday die.
He may live to a ripe old age but, to put it mildly, Mr Roden hasn't exactly got time on his side has he?