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    to have one foot in a grave? tricky idiom

    when do they say 'to have one foot in a grave'?

    my teacher(she is from scotland) says we can say that only about old people

    but my dictionary(its longman) says that we can use it both way( about very ill and very old)

    whats the true?

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    You can say it about anyone who is old, sick, injured taking a risk or living a risky or dangerous lifestyle.
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    And about people who have literally one of their feet in someone's grave
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
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    It's like "Одной ногой в могиле", the same works for Russian.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    They say I might as well face the truth,
    That I am just too long in the tooth,
    Oh, I’m an OAP and with needs,
    But I have not yet quite gone to seed
    I may be over the hill now that I have retired,
    Fading away but I’m not yet expired,
    Clapped out, run down, too old to save,
    One foot in the grave
    One foot in the grave
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    thanks everybody
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    Quote Originally Posted by VendingMachine
    They say I might as well face the truth,
    That I am just too long in the tooth,
    Oh, I’m an OAP and with needs,
    But I have not yet quite gone to seed
    I may be over the hill now that I have retired,
    Fading away but I’m not yet expired,
    Clapped out, run down, too old to save,
    One foot in the grave
    One foot in the grave
    VendingMachine, you are so British.
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    Is "to have one foot in the grave" the same as "дышать на ладан"?

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    Perfectly matching.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    Quote Originally Posted by saibot
    Is "to have one foot in the grave" the same as "дышать на ладан"?
    Yes, but we have an even closer idiom: одной ногой на том свете.
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