One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to beView synonyms
- ‘That's anyone under the age of 25 who decrees celebs, gushy reader advice and horoscopes to be past it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These people were mostly pensioners, belonging to the age group written off as past it by most employers.’
- ‘Hierro is also coming back from injury and the word is that he is too old and 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As always these days, Clint's character, a down-at-heel boxing trainer, is old and past it.’
- ‘He reportedly told Shearer that he was past it and his legs had gone.’
- ‘In his considered opinion Mr Dylan is past it and there is no way he could be associated with him.’
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