declining years like candles wavering in the wind
in one’s declining years
In spite of reaching his declining years, the old man still wanted to finish his autobiography.
to have one foot in the grave
- To have one foot in the grave
- The old man is old and ailing like a candle guttering in the wind.
- He was dragging out his remaining years in decrepit health.
- It was a decaying building in a dying neighborhood, inhabited, you felt, only by doomed old men and derelict young men