ripe old age

ripe old age

A very old age. Even at the ripe old age of 90, my grandmother still loves to go shopping. All I want at the end of my life is to die at a ripe old age surrounded by my family.
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ripe old age

a very old age. Mr. Smith died last night, but he lived to a ripe old age—99. All the Smiths seem to reach a ripe old age.
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ripe old age

An age advanced in years, as in I expect to live to a ripe old age. The adjective ripe here means "fully developed physically and mentally," but the current use of the idiom usually just signifies a long lifespan. [Second half of 1300s]
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If thou followest these precepts and rules, Sancho, thy days will be long, thy fame eternal, thy reward abundant, thy felicity unutterable; thou wilt marry thy children as thou wouldst; they and thy grandchildren will bear titles; thou wilt live in peace and concord with all men; and, when life draws to a close, death will come to thee in calm and ripe old age, and the light and loving hands of thy great-grandchildren will close thine eyes.
No doubt Henry would pardon her outburst, and go on blustering and muddling into a ripe old age.
At the ripe old age of seventy-two he was climbing around a corner of a lofty precipice of the Pic du Midi--nobody with him--when he slipped and fell.
He might have lived to a ripe old age if he'd stayed at home," Henry agreed.
20 Number of Australian Open campaigns for Roger Federer, who is favourite to win Down Under at the ripe old age of 36.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Pud adopted his people at the ripe old age of eight and immediately conformed to every feline cliche in the book.
ISLAMABAD -- TOKYO: An elderly penguin who shot to fame in Japan after falling in love with a cardboard cut-out of a cartoon character has died, at the ripe old age of 21.
While I did it at the ripe old age of 10 (Daisy, of course, which I wore out), now at age 70 I still own a bunch.
I am now 70 years of age and I would love to reach the ripe old age of one hundred to receive a birthday card from The Queen, and I am sure that she herself would like to be around to send me one.
But scientists have now declared the tree dead at the ripe old age of about 600.
The state pension is like any annuity - when you die your pension finishes; if you live to a ripe old age you get the benefit of longer payments.
Long-serving ice cream man GIOVANNI ROZZO, of Cambridge, is still driving his van and serving 99s at the ripe old age of 103.
In the richer areas you will live to a ripe old age and be as fit as a flea.
Tom French, a biologist with the state wildlife department, said the bird was 14, a ripe old age for a peregrine falcon.
Apparently, someone didn't get the joke, because less than an hour after those very words were published, it was announced that the legendary actress Lauren Bacall passed away at the (blessedly) ripe old age of 89.