1
: past one's prime
2
: advanced in age

Examples of over-the-hill in a Sentence

the overwhelming majority of that rock band's fans are over-the-hill baby boomers on a nostalgia trip
Recent Examples on the Web The comedy stars Wilson as Pryce Cahill, an over-the-hill, ex-pro golfer whose career was derailed prematurely 20 years ago. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 And like so many other over-the-hill free agents the Angels have signed through the years, Rendon is not part of the solution, but part of the problem. Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2023 Jokic scored 41 points, looking like the best player on Earth with his array of wacky moves that look like an over-the-hill guy at Studio 54. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2023 In this underground classic, a screenwriter witnesses the hopes, confusions and corruptions of fame, from an aspiring starlet to an over-the-hill grande dame whose heirs await her demise. Boris Kachka, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Those guests are played by small army of top notch, clearly-enjoying-themselves character actors including Judith Light, Rob Yang, and John Leguizamo (who revealed to EW last year that his portrayal of an over-the-hill movie star was inspired by his Executive Decision co-star Steven Seagal). Clark Collis, EW.com, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of over-the-hill was in 1946

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“Over-the-hill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/over-the-hill. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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