the old gray mare ain't what she used to be

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the old gray mare ain't what she used to be

old-fashioned Something or someone is aged, obsolete, or outdated . The phrase comes from the opening line of the folk song "Old Gray Mare." Its (rare) modern use is usually somewhat derogatory. Man, that's a terrible sound coming from my car. I guess the old gray mare ain't what she used to be. A: "What happened, Mom? You used to be a great dancer." B: "Well, the old gray mare ain't what she used to be!"
See also: gray, mare, old, she, to, used, what
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