Don't show up at any old (random) time.

vizz2

Senior Member
Polish
I asked a question on English-French forum (http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1502645 - I'm not sure if I can ask English question in that topic, maybe that's why nobody answers it) and had this sentence as an answer:
Don't show up at any old (random) time.
What did author mean by the word "old" in this context? I searched my dictionary and there was no such a strange meanig...
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    It's a set phrase and I have no idea what the source of it is. It can be used for time or anything else ie:

    "I'm not getting dressed up for the party. I'll just wear any old pair of jeans"
    "I don't like vegetables but you can serve me any old chunk of meat"

    It simply means any random thing.
     
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