One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be much older than someone (used to suggest that a romantic or sexual relationship between the people concerned is inappropriate)‘he was furious with her for wasting herself on a man old enough to be her father’
- ‘As a young doctor he also finds himself falling for the same woman - who happens to be old enough to be his mother.’
- ‘I was terrified, I was talking to a man old enough to be my father and he wanted me to come visit him.’
- ‘It was another of John's meaningless sexual encounters, and this one with a woman old enough to be his mother.’
- ‘I went on a ‘date’ with a man old enough to be my father.’
- ‘You're darling, but you should be chatting up other 21-year-olds instead of someone who's old enough to be your mother.’
- ‘I am not jealous, because she's old enough to be his mother.’
- ‘She married a man old enough to be her father, then took him on a honeymoon too strenuous for his heart.’
- ‘Cat calmly turned around and looked at the trucker, he was old enough to be her father and big enough to crush her with one fist.’
- ‘Good looking guys are allowed to ogle, but not ones old enough to be your father.’
- ‘Only minutes later, she returns with her catch of the day: a man old enough to be her father, if not her father's father.’
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