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    Smile he's fifty if he's a day

    I don't understand the expression: he's fifty if he's a day.

    What does it mean? I would appreciate if someone could translate it for me as I can't find it in any dictionary.

    Thanks a lot

    Kamila

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    jamiep is offline Member
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    Re: he's fifty if he's a day

    It means he's about 50 years old.

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

    It means, "He's at least 50 years old, if he is more than one day old." The idea is that, of course, he is more than one day old.

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

    And you can use a similar construction with no reference to age, in the form '[statement] if [something obviously true]' or '[statement] or [something obviously not true]' - 'I'll get even or my name's not BobK'.

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