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    Default he's fifty if he's a day...

    What does it mean?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: he's fifty if he's a day...

    He's fifty if he's a day [old] = colloquialism expressing a belief that someone is older than they want to be considered.

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    Default Re: he's fifty if he's a day...

    A similar expression of this type is:

    "She's 15 going on 30."

    This describes someone who is old beyond their years. i.e. someone who behaves like a much older person than they are.

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    Default Re: he's fifty if he's a day...

    The speaker is expressing what he believes to be a highly accurate estimate of the subject's age.

    It may or may not be in response to the subject claiming to be younger or "not acting his age."

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    Default Re: he's fifty if he's a day...

    Quote Originally Posted by mfwills View Post
    The speaker is expressing what he believes to be a highly accurate estimate of the subject's age.

    It may or may not be in response to the subject claiming to be younger or "not acting his age."
    Thanks. Got a follow up question. Is that expression fixed or we can say "He's sixty if he's a day."

    Thanks again.

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    Smile Re: he's fifty if he's a day...

    bluepinky, that too is an acceptable expression.

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    Default Re: he's fifty if he's a day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    bluepinky, that too is an acceptable expression.
    Oh, thanks, Shakespeare's brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluepinky View Post
    Thanks. Got a follow up question. Is that expression fixed or we can say "He's sixty if he's a day."

    Thanks again.
    It's whatever age the speaker believes the subject to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    bluepinky, that too is an acceptable expression.
    We can also say: 'Shakespeare's brother is 400 if he's a century!"

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: he's fifty if he's a day...



    Thanks you so much!

    By the way, is it right to say "Many thanks."?

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