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Meaning: we gave him an over the hill party



 
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Meaning: we gave him an over the hill party #1 (permalink) Thu Jan 26, 2006 15:08 pm   Meaning: we gave him an over the hill party
 

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #102 "Retirement Plans", question 1

When Dad turned 40 we gave him an ......... the hill party.

(a) after
(b) top of
(c) under
(d) over

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #102 "Retirement Plans", answer 1

When Dad turned 40 we gave him an over the hill party.

Correct answer: (d) over
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please, explain. I don't understand.
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Meaning: we gave him an over the hill party #2 (permalink) Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:43 am   Meaning: we gave him an over the hill party
 

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Over the hill = past the prime of life. In this example, the idiom is used jocularly, as 40 is hardly past the prime of life!
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People in your forties unite! #3 (permalink) Sun Jan 29, 2006 17:30 pm   People in your forties unite!
 

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40 is hardly past the prime of life!


I should jolly well hope not! Still, it's too near the hilltop for comfort!
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