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    #1

    baby face vs old face

    You call a person who looks much younger than his or her age "baby face".
    Then, what do you call a person who looks much older than his or her age? "He has got an old face"?

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    #2

    Re: baby face vs old face

    There is no current idiom corresponding to "old face." And "baby face" sounds extremely dated. To me it belongs to the 1930s or 40s.

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    #3

    Re: baby face vs old face

    Referring to someone as old is hardly ever a compliment. You will hear euphemisms for that: "He has a face that shows character", "You have a face that bespeaks experience and wisdom", etc.

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    #4

    Re: baby face vs old face

    Rode hard and put away wet.

    Hardly complimentary.
    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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    #5

    Re: baby face vs old face

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Referring to someone as old is hardly ever a compliment. You will hear euphemisms for that: "He has a face that shows character", "You have a face that bespeaks experience and wisdom", etc.
    Learners, please note that if you use "bespeaks" in normal everyday English, you'll get some rather strange looks!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: baby face vs old face

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Learners, please note that if you use "bespeaks" in normal everyday English, you'll get some rather strange looks!
    Thank you, ems.



    I didnít get it. Will you please clear it up, please?


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    #7

    Re: baby face vs old face

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I didn’t get it. Will you please clear it up, please?
    Most native speakers do not use the word today. Many would not even understand it.

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    #8

    Re: baby face vs old face

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Rode hard and put away wet.

    Hardly complimentary.
    I was going to suggest that phrase.

    I was also going to note that, when you see someone who looks prematurely old, especially on the TV news, the phrase that comes to mind is "meth head."

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