Definition of old in English:
adjective (older, oldest)
- The majority of those left behind are too young, old or sick to travel far.
- The setting for the film is a beautiful temple on a secluded lake where an old monk and his young charge live.
- Now we want all residents, young and old, to select a project in their neighbourhood and make a local improvement.
- It's built out of an old palace which has some of the most beautiful Buddhist art I've ever seen.
- The new gravel road has been built parallel to the old tarmac Gun Park Road
- Hidden in a narrow alley of the old quarter of Nice, one discovered it by chance or word-of-mouth.
- A number of houses have been given a box to collect glass, cans and old clothes
- All artwork created by the kids can be taken home that day and children are advised to wear old clothes.
- I wear moonboots from the boutique; a hut where you drop off old clothes and pick up whatever you need.
- The Soderbergh-interviewing-Soderbergh stunt was a clever idea, but it gets old in a hurry.
- It's the yelling part that gets old pretty fast, as it constitutes just about every line that comes out of Wilder's mouth.
- As played by Mercedes Cechetto, Sabine has an undeniable brashness, but her adventures feel scripted rather than natural and her sullen pout gets old very fast.
- I got to know a little bit about it, at least the old Berlin of the past, through Benjamin's eyes.
- One of its campaigns is an attack on asylum seekers, which recycles a old leaflet used in past BNP campaigns.
- Today's feelings were sparked by me walking past my old primary school yesterday for the first time in ages.
- Now Volvo has taken the concept even further with the launch of a stunning new V70 estate to replace the old model.
- Before the wedding the kitchen was renovated and an electric stove was put in to replace the old coal range.
- Fred was sitting close by, working on replacing old laces with fresh ones on greenhide pack bags.
- How many times do we need to see the same old arguments made and the same sources quoted?
- These aren't the same old depressing allegations, no, this time the allegations are red hot!
- You can resolve the same old problem with a new approach and make a breakthrough.
- Maybe old Etonian James will bring his father round to seeing the value of theatre that is radical, critical, foul-mouthed and rude.
- George Bullough, a 6ft 5in old Harrovian, had become the company's principal shareholder on the death in 1891 of his father.
- Three Old Carthusians have won the Victoria Cross.
- This describes perfectly his career as a philologist and his passion for old languages.
- There are 114 chapters in the Qur'an, which is written in the old Arabic dialect.
- They are given in the book in the form of old Irish writing, new Irish writing and English.
- I really fancy my guests having a right good old toast to my memory.
- Get rid of the new-labour new-tory dictatorships and let's have good old democracy back again!
- So, for this event, I cooked from just regular vegetables and good old ingredients.
This word shares an ancient root with Latin alere ‘to nourish’, which links it with alimony. The old boy network providing mutual assistance (and often career advancement) among people from the same social and educational background goes back to the 1950s. Members of such a group might well refer to ideas of group loyalty and tradition in terms of the old school tie—values seen as associated with wearing the tie of a particular public school. The first writers to use this phrase were those astute social commentators Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell in the 1930s. An old wives' tale is a widely held traditional belief now thought to be unscientific or incorrect. This phrase, with its earlier variant an old wives' fable, has been part of the language since the 16th century. It is first found in William Tyndale's translation of the Bible, where the faithful are instructed to ‘cast away’ such stories. Some behaviour becomes inappropriate as you get older, and there is a risk for some of being considered a dirty old man. First recorded in the 1930s, the phrase was Harold Steptoe's familiar rebuke to his father in the TV comedy Steptoe and Son ( 1962–74).
- Any item of a specified type (used to show that no particular individual is in question): any old room would have doneMore example sentences
- It's so simple that any old sailor and any old journalist can litigate it in less than two minutes.
- This wasn't just any old fad, though, but one which has dominated western eating habits for almost the last eight years.
- 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.
any old how
- In no particular order: they’ve dropped things just any old howMore example sentences
- They were owned animals and presumably valuable livestock that just did not happen any old how but were deliberately bought and raised by a farmer.
- Everything's just plonked down any old how, without any coherent alphabetical system to guide you round.
- They drew up ten artists she liked, made a list of what they know about Diana, and then joined up the two lists any old how.
as old as the hills
- Very old (often used in exaggerated statements): the technology we’re using is as old as the hillsMore example sentences
- What's going on is not exceptional… it's a story as old as the hills and a lot older than the Internet.
- Some of the reasons for this are as old as the hills.
- Feeling as old as the hills, I get my coat and leave.
be old enough to be someone's father (or mother)
- informal 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 fatherMore example sentences
- 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.
- It was another of John's meaningless sexual encounters, and this one with a woman old enough to be his mother.
- You're darling, but you should be chatting up other 21-year-olds instead of someone who's old enough to be your mother.
for old times' sake
- see sake1.
- Every Tuesday night, people ramble in for the music and chat and to see the cottage as in days of old.
- In days of old, High Sheriffs had the authority to raise an army and even order executions of convicts.
- After this year, the tatty old displays of old just won't be good enough.
the old days
- A period in the past, typically regarded as significantly better or worse than the present: it was easier in the old days we are less confident than in the good old daysMore example sentences
- In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.
- It wasn't like this in the old days: they cared so much about the art they had riots and everything.
- Molly had some great memories of the old days to recall and share with family and friends.
the Old Firm
- Example sentences
- An oldish couple approached the crossing as I was aiming my camera.
- You can see the Assistant website here, listen to some oldish but goodish demos here, and find out about the next gig here, too, when we know about it.
- It's an oldish building, but it's nice, fairly weathertight, and fits my needs.
- Example sentences
- At 103 years of age, though, Mr. Murray described him as frail by oldness.
- His opponents on the ultra-left demand we save our party from newness and demand a return to an oldness that never really existed anyway.
- I just like the atmosphere inside churches, and the oldness of them.
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