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advance (something) to (one)
To pay one ahead of schedule. Maria's boss advanced next week's paycheck to her so that she could pay her car repair bill.
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advance (up)on (something or some place)
To move forward or maneuver toward a location or goal, such as in a military offensive or a similarly coordinated march or effort. The army advanced upon the enemy capital. After gathering at city hall, the protesters advanced on the senator's office.
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advance the ball
In sports such as basketball and football, to move the ball closer to the goal (i.e. the basket or end zone). They were unable to advance the ball on fourth down, so their opponent took possession.
advance toward (something or some place)
To move forward or maneuver toward a location or goal The army advanced toward the enemy capital. I crossed the street to avoid the strange man advancing toward me.
advanced in years
Of an older age. Though my grandpa loves to read, he is rather advanced in years and has a hard time making out small print anymore.
up in years
Advanced in age; old or becoming old. I might be a little bit up in years, but I'm no fool when it comes to technology! Your grandfather's getting up in years, so you may need to speak a bit more loudly around him.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
up in yearsand advanced in years; along in years; on in years
Fig. old; elderly. My uncle is up in years and can't hear too well. Many people lose their hearing somewhat when they are along in years.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.