past (someone's or something's) prime

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past (someone's or something's) prime

No longer in a state or condition of peak performance. Many gymnasts have gone past their prime by the time they are only teenagers. This computer is so clunky and slow. It's definitely past its prime.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: past, prime
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: past, prime
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He felt this at the mere sight of Ignat and the horses; but when he had put on the sheepskin brought for him, had sat down wrapped in the sledge, and had driven off pondering on the work that lay before him in the village, and staring at the side-horse, that had been his saddle-horse, past his prime now, but a spirited beast from the Don, he began to see what had happened to him in quite a different light.
It was cruel that a stupid chance should have cut off her life when she was just entering upon it; but in the very moment of saying this to himself, Philip thought of the life which had been in store for her, the bearing of children, the dreary fight with poverty, the youth broken by toil and deprivation into a slatternly middle age--he saw the pretty face grow thin and white, the hair grow scanty, the pretty hands, worn down brutally by work, become like the claws of an old animal--then, when the man was past his prime, the difficulty of getting jobs, the small wages he had to take; and the inevitable, abject penury of the end: she might be energetic, thrifty, industrious, it would not have saved her; in the end was the workhouse or subsistence on the charity of her children.
He was then past his prime, being twenty-eight years and three quarters old, of which he had reigned about seven in great felicity, and generally victorious.
But Yarde, 28, who has not sparred in preparation, believes Kovalev's recent defeats to Andre Ward (below) and Eleider Alvarez mean he is past his prime.
James Yap may be past his prime but he still has a lot left in his tank.
The 39-year-old Pacquiao, now past his prime, will likely be a heavy underdog against the 30-year-old Lomachenko.
While Carren Anyango posted: That chance should be given to a young Kenyan striker, Oliech has enjoyed his chance and is now past it.Said Fredrick Watende: Oliech is past his prime.
While Cue Card was on his way up to Haydock, where a third win in the Betfair Chase on Saturday emphatically dispelled any lingering worries that his long-time flagbearer might be past his prime, Tizzard was marshalling the stable's new wave of top-class chasing talent in a schooling session that left both trainer and jockeys purring.
The fiction prize went to The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis, a political and emotional drama about a Sharansky-esque refusenik past his prime, examining loyalty and the inner strength of a man on the brink.
Known to torment bowlers across the world even till the recent past, there is no doubt that he is well past his prime. But then the master blaster can never be taken for granted and the fact that the opposition this time is none other than his favourite -- Australia -- fans will hope that he will once again bring out the best in him as has been the case every time the two sides have met.
"This Must Be the Place" follows Cheyenne (Penn), a rocker past his prime, who goes on a mission to find the Nazi who abused his father in a concentration camp.
The 25-year-old joked that he is already past his prime to portray the heartthrob vampire in any other big-screen adaptations of Stephanie Meyer's novels.
Monday The Wrestler Film4 9pm Mickey Rourke gives the performance of his career in this low-key, heartfelt drama about a washed-up 1980s wrestler long past his prime who faces an uncertain future outside the ring.
Lara may be past his prime now, but even if he displays 70 per cent of his talent in the next IPL, it will be worth the money a spectator invests on his ticket.