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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. Unfortunately, you'll have to submit the piece in order to get paid. We never advance payment to anyone. I know I'm not supposed to get paid till next Thursday, but is there any chance you could advance the money to me now?
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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. Those two countries have long been on the brink of all-out war. I would not be surprised to see one advance upon the other at the slightest provocation.
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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. If they can't advance the ball on this play, it's game over. Say goodbye to your hopes of a comeback. It's a set play where they advance the ball and then take a shot right at the buzzer.
See also: advance, ball

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. If they can't advance toward the endzone on this play, it's game over. Say goodbye to your hopes of a comeback.
See also: advance, toward

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. Isn't Aunt Ethel a bit advanced in years to still be working? Does she have any plans to retire? Honey, I'm advanced in years, so you'll need to speak up if you want me to hear you.
See also: advanced, year

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.
See also: up, year
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

up in years

 and 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.
See also: up, year
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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