Definition of past it in English:

past it


  • Too old to be of any use or any good at anything:

    ‘he was taken into his father-in-law's firm and became a partner when the old man got past it’
    • ‘Many argue that Zabel might now well be past it and the time has come to allow the younger generation to move their way through the ranks.’
    • ‘These people were mostly pensioners, belonging to the age group written off as past it by most employers.’
    • ‘Brace yourselves for an apology: last week, we accused Bon Jovi of being past it.’
    • ‘Make a mistake late in your career, and the chances are you will be described as past it.’
    • ‘That's anyone under the age of 25 who decrees celebs, gushy reader advice and horoscopes to be past it.’
    • ‘In his considered opinion Mr Dylan is past it and there is no way he could be associated with him.’
    • ‘He reportedly told Shearer that he was past it and his legs had gone.’
    • ‘There is an idea that every player who shared in the '98 glory should be there this time, whether he is past it or not.’
    • ‘As always these days, Clint's character, a down-at-heel boxing trainer, is old and past it.’
    • ‘Hierro is also coming back from injury and the word is that he is too old and past it.’
    past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be
    in one's dotage, long in the tooth, as old as the hills
    elderly, old, aged, senior, ancient, venerable
    decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world
    over the hill, no spring chicken
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