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take years off (of) (one)

To cause one to look younger. Wow, that makeover really took years off you! If I shave my beard, it will take years off of me.
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take years off (of) someone or something

to make someone seem or look younger. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) My exciting vacation took years off of me. Your shorter haircut has taken years off your face.
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take ˈyears off somebody

make somebody feel or look much younger: The new hairstyle takes years off her.
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Drug abuse and rehab took years off a promising career but now he is back on the A-list with his performance as industrialist-turned-super-hero, Tony Stark, in Iron Man.
What's more, her happiness at finally marrying the man she has loved for over three decades took years off her.
This race took years off my life and it will take me a very long time to get over the shock.
She took years off to write and record White Lillies Island, which draws on musical influences such as U2 and Scotland's own Travis.
But while the experience changed his life, being fitted with artificial feet for the part almost took years off his life.
GERI HALLIWELL The bare-faced look certainly took years off Geri - she looks like a spotty teenager