|get on in years
||Someone who is getting on in years is growing old.
My grandmother is getting on in years. She’s no longer able to look after her home without help.
|knee-high to a grasshopper
||This term refers to a very young and therefore small child.
Look how tall you are! Last time I saw you, you were knee-high to a grasshopper!
|long in the tooth
||A person who is long in the tooth is a bit too old to do something.
She’s a bit long in the tooth for a cabaret dancer, isn’t she?
|mutton dressed as lamb
||This expression refers to a middle-aged woman who tries to look younger by dressing in clothes designed for younger people.
The style doesn’t suit her – it has a mutton-dressed-as-lamb effect on her!
|no spring chicken
||To say that someone is no spring chicken means that they are quite old or well past their youth.
How old is the owner? I don’t know but she’s no spring chicken!
|over the hill
||If a person is over the hill, they have reached an age when they can no longer perform as well as before.
Gran! You say you’re over the hill, but you’re a super cook!
|rob the cradle
||If you rob the cradle, you have a romantic relationship with someone who is much younger than yourself.
My uncle Ted is dating a twenty-year-old girl. That’s really robbing the cradle!
||A silver surfer is an elderly person who uses the internet.
After just a few questions my grandmother was ready to join the silver surfers.
|put years on
||If an event or difficult situation puts years on someone, it makes them look or feel much older.
I hardly recognized Mr.Brown. His illness has put years on him.