past (someone's or something's) prime

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past (someone's or something's) prime

No longer in an ideal state or condition. Many gymnasts are past their prime when they are only teenagers. This computer is so slow that it's definitely past its prime.
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past someone's (or something's) prime

Fig. beyond the most useful or productive period. Joan was a wonderful singer, but she's past her prime now. This old car's past its prime. I'll need to get a new one.
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past one's prime

Beyond the peak of one's powers, as in Jean still plays tennis but at 79 she's obviously past her prime. Also see the synonym over the hill; prime of life.
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References in classic literature ?
Yes, Jacky was past her prime, whatever that prime may have been.
By that time, she was well past her prime and went on to do character roles in the 2000s.
It's ironic that the president of the Global Beauty Group of Procter and Gamble (the owners of Olay) is a woman, who, by this ad's inference, is past her prime, but who certainly looks neither wrinkled nor boring, nor easily replaced.
On queries about the actress being past her prime, Rani says: " It is the audience which makes us stars.
It's like, 'Oh, she is past her prime and she can't play a sex symbol'," - Actress Scarlett Johansson
King, who captained the United States to a 16-12 win over Europe with a storming display in the concluding singles, said: "I don't think her comments had anything to do with how this team played She's commentating because she's past her prime - the older you get the better you used to be.
T, Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith, here reimagined as a fat, lazy, stupid and whiny Smurfette past her prime.
The Celebrated Soubrette depicts the sad tale of a cabaret dancer past her prime and is danced to the lush strains of Le Tombeau de Liberace by Michael Daugherty, played with gusto by the London Musici and with Stephen Lade tickling the ivories in the style of the flamboyant candelabra-loving pianist.
In movies an actress who hasn't made it by 40 is considered past her prime.
Britney 2032" imagines what happens when the Princess of Pop is past her prime and has written the definitive tell-all tome about her life.
As for the actresses, Ivey, quite simply, gives one of the richest performances of the year as a good-time girl well past her prime in every way but the one that really counts: her spirit.
The poor girl whipped off her bikini top for a spot of sunbathing and was denounced for daring to bare when she is considered past her prime.
By 1956, Holiday was past her prime, although one final triumph came a year later when she sang ``Fine and Mellow,'' accompanied by her beloved Prez, on CBS' ``The Sound of Jazz'' program.
Moodonna, wearing a conical bra top on her udders, is billed as: "A cow way past her prime.
Opera's revival of Sir Peter Hall's production of ``Salome,'' the magnificent Hildegard Behrens, in her 61st year, plays the title character not as a woman past her prime but as a creature whose pent-up erotic yearnings are about to burst like overripe pomegranates.