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getting on

Meaning: old or elderly

For example:

  • Mum and dad are getting on, so they need more help these days.

  • I might be getting on, but I'm not moving into one of those old folks' homes!

Quick Quiz:

"Getting on" is often used as a euphemism for

a. reaching middle age

b. reaching old age

c. reaching adulthood

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Contributor: Matt Errey