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    He's fifty if he's a day

    Please,
    what does the following expression mean?

    He's fifty if he's a day.

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    Re: He's fifty if he's a day

    It means he is at least 50 years old. He is certainly a day old. So if he is a day old, he is certainly 50.

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    Re: He's fifty if he's a day

    Thanks for your explanation, SoothingDave!
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    Re: He's fifty if he's a day

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It means he is at least 50 years old. He is certainly a day old. So if he is a day old, he is certainly 50.
    Would it imply something like "even if you don't believe it" or "even if he doesn't look his age"?

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    Re: He's fifty if he's a day

    There is often that implication, Charlie.

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    Re: He's fifty if he's a day

    Or that he is not acting his age, or that he pretends that he is younger.

    Look at him out there, dancing with those 20-somethings, and him being 50 if he's a day!
    What? She told you she was 47? What a liar. We were in 6th grade together. I tell you, that woman is 55 if she's a day!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: He's fifty if he's a day

    In the opposite case, when the person is older than he is thought to be, a common reply is '...and the rest.'

    A: 'Cliff Richard must be at least 60.'
    B: '...and the rest. He was 70 last October.'

    b

    PS: the 'and' is not reduced - it's a full // sound.
    Last edited by BobK; 25-Jan-2011 at 15:34. Reason: added PS

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