ripe old age


: a very old age
They both lived to a ripe old age.
sometimes used humorously
She decided at the ripe old age of 23 that she'd learned all there was to know about human nature.

Examples of ripe old age in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's something Percy is wrestling with at the ripe old age of 17. Christian Holub,, 2 Oct. 2023 And Henry Kissinger, who parlayed his writings on history and diplomacy into a political career that reshaped the global order at the cost of many thousands of lives, died Wednesday at the ripe old age of 100. Boris Kachka, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2023 Most go voluntarily at a ripe old age, but some go involuntarily—like when their computerized health-and-happiness body monitor dip below ten percent. Liz Braswell,, 12 May 2023

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“Ripe old age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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