live to a ripe old age

live to a ripe old age

To live to an especially old age. You won't be living to a ripe old age if you keep eating all that junk food! My grandmother on my dad's side lived to the ripe old age of 108.
See also: age, live, old, ripe
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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.
IF we can live to a ripe old age like Ken Dodd, while children are starving to death and being killed in wars, then to be fair we should not be complaining.
The state pension is like any annuity - when you die your pension finishes; if you live to a ripe old age you get the benefit of longer payments.
We are a species expanding out of control, which works tirelessly to ensure all live to a ripe old age, regardless of quality of life.
We all know that many sensible drinkers live to a ripe old age so there is no accumulative effect of moderate drinking but like footballers we can't play a hard game every day.
Cosseted George Osborne, a wealthy minister who has a trust fund and will one day inherit a small fortune, may live to a ripe old age to enjoy many years on his pension.
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.
People in socially deprived areas, who are perhaps overweight and smoke and drink too much, are not likely to live to a ripe old age. They can expect as a result, based on an actuary's coldhearted logic, to receive higher pensions in the expectation that they won't be around for too long to claim the money.
CHILL OUT: Foreigners live to a ripe old age with relaxed daily routines
In fact, it's very possible that a tree growing old on one spot would not live to a ripe old age somewhere else.
"Even if I live to a ripe old age I want to help someone.
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.
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?
One drawback is that if you live to a ripe old age, you'll fork out more than the policy is worth.
KATE Eddy wants to live to a ripe old age and wouldn't mind working beyond 65.