Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance

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Chinese - Hong kong
Can anyone tell me what does this sentence mean?
I have been searching for the answer online a while, I can get the definition and meaning of it!
Thank you very much!
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hello askfor, and welcome to the forums! :)
    It means that in a given situation, people who are older and know how to use underhand or deceitful methods [= treachery] will always defeat people who are younger and have lots enthusiasm, probably because these young people are naive and do not understand the ways of the world.

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