past prime

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He said that low exports are a major reason for the growing trade deficit, with past prime ministers forming just committees to address the deficiency.
Military personnel parade past Prime Minister May and dignitaries during the national Armed Forces Day celebrations at Llandudno, north Wales.
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