[Idiom] look

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yuriya

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Bobby saw that the guy getting out of the back indeed very old. He looked a hundred if he looked a day.

What do you think the last sentence mean? Thanks in advance!
 

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It just means he looked very old. Since he clearly looked like he was at least a day old, he looked as old as 100.


It's a reasonably common expression.
"She told you she is 36? What a liar. That woman is 45 if she's a day. We graduated from high school together."
 

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Since he clearly looked like he was at least a day old, he looked as old as 100."

Thanks for your super fast reply! I'm totally new to this expression and I don't get the logic. Can you elaborate this a bit more?
 

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Hmm.

What if you thought of it this way: If you can have confidence that she is at least one day old [which you obviously can!], you can have an equal amount of confidence that she is at least X years old.

So if you believe that she is at least one day old, you must believe that she is X years old.
 
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