long in the tooth

long in the tooth
phrasal
: past one's best days : old

as fighters go, he is a sere and yellowed leaf and long in the tooth — Gilbert Millstein

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long in the tooth
Elderly, like a horse whose gums are receding with age
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Main Entry:tooth

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long in the tooth humorous phrase
rather old

I’m a bit long in the tooth to be looking for a girlfriend.

Thesaurus: old of peoplesynonym old of thingshyponym
Main entry: long

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rather old
Origin:
originally said of horses, from the recession of the gums with age

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long in the tooth — see tooth
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Main Entry:long
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long in the tooth
informal : no longer young :old

Isn't she a little long in the tooth for those kinds of antics?

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Main Entry:tooth

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ˌlong in the ˈtooth idiom
(humorous, especially BrE) old or too old This originally referred to the fact that a horse's teeth appear to be longer as it grows older, because its gums shrink.
Main entry:longidiom

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  • long in the tooth — If someone is long in the tooth, they are a bit too old to do something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • long in the tooth — ► long in the tooth rather old. [ORIGIN: originally said of horses, from the recession of the gums with age.] Main Entry: ↑long …   English terms dictionary

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  • long in the tooth — old, aged, over the hill    Jack is a good pitcher, but he s long in the tooth too old …   English idioms

  • long in the tooth — to be very old. Don t you think she s a bit long in the tooth to be a romantic heroine? Etymology: based on the idea that teeth grow longer in some animals as they get older …   New idioms dictionary

  • long in the tooth — humorous rather old I m a bit long in the tooth to be looking for a girlfriend …   English dictionary

  • Long in the tooth —   If someone is long in the tooth, they are a bit too old to do something …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • long in the tooth old —    Horses are aged by the recession of their gums:     ... he wanted to link up with some nice little bit less long in the tooth. (Christie, 1939) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • long in the tooth — rather old. [orig. said of horses, from the recession of the gums with age.] → long …   English new terms dictionary

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