make old bones

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.
See also: bone, make, old
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GERMAINE Greer has issued a warning to reality TV star Katie Price, saying she doesn't think the entrepreneur and former glamour model will "make old bones".