The UK inflation rate fell to 0% in February, the lowest since records began, official figures show. Lower prices for food and computer goods helped to cut the rate from 0.3% in January, official figures show. February's figure is the lowest rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation since estimates of the measure began in 1988. Read more >>
The cartoon by Kipper Williams from The Guardian shows an old horse (note the glasses, lack of teeth, slippers, and walking frame) marked 'Inflation' telling a younger horse 'My galloping days are behind me'.
When used of a horse, the verb 'gallop' means 'to run fast so that all four feet come off the ground together in each act of forward movement'. So when the horse says that his galloping days are behind him, he means that he's now too old to gallop. However, we also use the word 'galloping' to describe very high inflation that is out of control. • Latin America is no longer the continent of galloping inflation. The cartoonist is playing on the literal and figurative meanings of 'gallop'.
If someone says that their (-ing) days are behind them, it means that they have given up an activity, for whatever reason. • My drinking days are behind me. • Now that his playing days are behind him, he wants to become a manager.