make old bones

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make old bones

To live to be very old (that is, to live long enough to have "old bones.") I think those of us here who are making old bones would agree that this policy flies in the face of what our country is supposed to stand for.
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make old bones

live to an advanced age.
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Male Hanns have never made old bones. Indeed my father, who had his fatal heart attack aged 73, was the longest-lived of us since at least 1700, a fact rather glumly pointed out to me last year by my brother, now aged 72 3/4.
One child was killed in the First World War, two others eventually killed themselves, while one of the surviving pair who made old bones would later remember their surrogate father as, "Far, far the most pathetic figure in all the world."