the prime of life

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the prime of life

One's happiest, most successful time; the period when one has the most energy, vitality, and potential. Often structured as "the prime of (one's) life." My father was in the prime of life when he was diagnosed with cancer. It's many a man and woman who, in old age, looks back on the prime of their lives with bittersweet nostalgia.
See also: life, of, prime

prime of life

The best years of one's life, when one is at the peak of one's powers, as in She was in the prime of life when she began to lose her sight. The related phrase in one's prime can be applied to objects as well as persons. For example, The roses were in their prime when you last saw them. In both idioms prime means "first in quality or character." [Early 1700s] Also see past one's prime.
See also: life, of, prime

prime of life, the

The best years of one’s life, at the peak of one’s powers. The idea that there should be a particular time of flourishing is an ancient one. Plato in The Republic defined it as a period of about twenty years in a woman’s life and thirty in a man’s. Poets, among them Robert Herrick and John Milton, generally equated one’s youth with one’s prime. However, the eccentric schoolteacher-heroine of Muriel Spark’s novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (and the 1969 motion picture based on it) declared the years of her rapidly advancing middle age to be her prime.
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Once again, a mass shooting has occurred, this time four people killed in the prime of their lives. The lives of their families have been changed forever.
'Soldiers, unlike ordinary mortals, for a great part of the prime of their lives, lived in battlefields, away from their loved ones where, as a World War II veteran writes, they 'learn the ache of loneliness, the ache of exhaustion, the kinship of misery,'' the senator, a former soldier himself, said.
Many AIDS victims died at the prime of their lives. With heightened efforts, this tragedy can be eased.
Mr Thomas' family added: "It's such a tragedy to lose two such young people so suddenly and in the prime of their lives. Jason and Naomi will never be forgotten."
We are coming to the time when we pay our respects to our brave servicemen and women who, in the prime of their lives, made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the life we have today.
"Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death that kills many Americans in the prime of their lives," said Ursula E.
Live golf Sky Sports 1, 11.30am WATCHING finely-tuned sports folk in the very prime of their lives can get a little boring, writes James Milton.
How sad that two young women in the prime of their lives are dead because of someone else's recklessness.
Chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns said: "This vaccination programme plays a critical part in helping to protect thousands of women from a disease that can attack them in the prime of their lives."
It is also alarming to note that there are more young people at the prime of their lives succumb to this deadly disease.
Jill is an Expert Fitness Trainer and Weight Loss Coach providing sensible, efficient, and effective weight loss strategies to women in the prime of their lives to be in the best shape of their lives.
BBC Two, tomorrow, 9pm To those of us not old enough to remember the Busby Babes, this new drama from writer Chris Chibnall should help us appreciate just how good they were - and how tragic it was that so many young men were lost in the prime of their lives during and after the Munich air disaster.
During the struggle she witnessed the execution of her illustrious husband, the tragic assassination of her two sons in the prime of their lives and of her daughter, the Muslim worlds first elected Prime Minister.
And every year, one in four deaths is a male under the age of 35 in what should be the prime of their lives.
They really should be enjoying themselves in the prime of their lives.