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Re: OLD AS THE HILLS ORIGINATE FROM?

Posted by ESC on February 06, 2006

In Reply to: WHERE DOES SAYING AS OLD AS THE HILLS ORIGINATE FROM? posted by DELORES on February 06, 2006

: WHERE DOES SAYING AS OLD AS THE HILLS ORIGINATE FROM?

From the archives:

OED: "c. (as) old as the hills [perh. in allusion to Job 15:7 'Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?'], exceedingly or immeasurably old.
[1st citation of several:] 1819 Metropolis I. iii. 58, I thought he was going to make a die of it! Why he's as old as the Hills. "

Variation: Older than dirt.