in the prime of life

in the prime of life

In one's happiest, most successful time; in the period when one has the most energy, vitality, and potential. Often structured as "in the prime of (one's) life." My father was in the prime of life when he was diagnosed with cancer. It's many a man and woman who, in old age, looks back on the prime of their lives with bittersweet nostalgia.
See also: life, of, prime
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in the prime of life

Fig. in the best and most productive and healthy period of life. The good health of one's youth can carry over into the prime of life. He was struck down by a heart attack in the prime of life.
See also: life, of, prime
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in the prime of (your) ˈlife

at the time in your life when you are strongest or most successful: He was struck down in the prime of his life by a heart attack.What do you mean, I’m old? I’m still in the prime of life! OPPOSITE: be past your/its best
See also: life, of, prime
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