One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any item of a specified type (used to show that no particular individual is in question)‘any old room would have done’
- ‘Don't be ridiculous, I scolded, you're just trying to think up any old excuse so you can get up from the computer.’
- ‘My teachers would buy any old excuse for why I couldn't be at school.’
- ‘Just feeding it into any old shredder will do just fine.’
- ‘Acting is a refined craft that takes years to perfect and isn't something that can just be knocked out by any old Joe Schmoe.’
- ‘People are saying they don't want any old tat, they want to find quality and they want to find a bargain, that is special and unique.’
- ‘But the press cannot seriously claim to be acting as public watchdog when it publishes any old rubbish.’
- ‘I decided last year that I wasn't going to go on applying for just any old office job just because I need the money.’
- ‘This wasn't just any old fad, though, but one which has dominated western eating habits for almost the last eight years.’
- ‘Over the weekend however, I hope I was able to show that any old hack can get in a bus and go up the mountain for a few days.’
- ‘It's so simple that any old sailor and any old journalist can litigate it in less than two minutes.’
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