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the vale of years

The last or declining years of one's age or career. Astride his motorcycle with thick chestnut hair and a deep, booming voice, my grandfather looks very little like a man who has slipped into the vale of years.
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the vale of years

the declining years of a person's life; old age.
This expression comes from Shakespeare 's Othello: ‘for I am declin'd into the vale of yeares’.
See also: of, vale, year
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It may seem remarkable, that, of four persons whom we have commemorated at Mr Allworthy's house, three of them should fix their inclinations on a lady who was never greatly celebrated for her beauty, and who was, moreover, now a little descended into the vale of years; but in reality bosom friends, and intimate acquaintance, have a kind of natural propensity to particular females at the house of a friend--viz., to his grandmother, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, or cousin, when they are rich; and to his wife, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, mistress, or servant-maid, if they should be handsome.
"Come, now, Josh," he was saying, in a full rumbling tone, "look at it in this light: here is your poor mother going into the vale of years, and you could afford something handsome now to make her comfortable."
They stood still and shivered; for it seemed as if gray Time were calling them back from their sunny youth, far down into the chill and darksome vale of years. They looked at old Dr.