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those were the days

A phrase used when one is reflecting fondly on the past. What a great time we had in college! Those were the days.
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Those were the days.

Cliché The days we have been referring to were the greatest of times. Ah, yes. The eighties. Those were the days! Those were the days. Back when people knew right from wrong.
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those were the days

used to assert that a particular past time was better in comparison with the present.
1997 Brenda Clough How Like a God ‘Those were the days,’ Rob said. ‘b.c.—before children! Remember?’
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ˈthose were the days

used for talking about a better or happier time in the past: ‘I got a job as soon as I graduated.’ ‘Ah, those were the days!’
See also: days, those