Birthday: age, balloon, candle, ribbon
|ripe old age||very old, usually used to talk about a long healthy life||My grandfather lived to the ripe old age of 95.|
|act one’s age||behave in an suitable way for your age||Act your age Sally! That’s something my little brother would do.|
|come of age||become an adult||I feel so old now that my youngest daughter has come of age.|
|burn the candle at both ends||be exhausted usualy because of working extremely hard from the early morning until late at night||Nadine looks terrible because she has been burning the candle at both ends. She needs a holiday.|
|can’t hold a candle to somebody||be almost as good as somebody else at something||No one can hold a candle to Mariah Carey. She is simply the best singer of all time.|
|in one’s birthday suit||humorous, not wear any clothes||When I’m home alone, I often walk around in my birthday suit.|
|go down like a lead balloon||humorous, something you say or show is not well received||The joke about steotypes went down like a lead balloon.|
|be my guest||giving permission/ of course||—Can I sit here?
—Be my guest!
|tear something to ribbons||damage or destroy something by cutting or tearing it||The naughty dog has torn my favourite dress to ribbons.|