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bygone days

A period of time that has since passed. My grandmother loves to look at old pictures as a reminder of her bygone days. That law is from bygone days! We need to move forward and modernize, not stay stuck in the past!
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Let bygones be bygones.

Cliché Forgive someone for something he or she did in the past. Jill: Why don't you want to invite Ellen to your party? Jane: She was rude to me at the off ice picnic. Jill: But that was six months ago. Let bygones be bygones. Nancy held a grudge against her teacher for a long time, but she finally decided to let bygones be bygones.
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let bygones be bygones

forget about unpleasant things that have happened in the past There is a feeling here that we should let bygones be bygones and move on to more important things.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form bygones are bygones: What is past history is history, what is done is finished, and bygones are bygones.
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Let bygones be bygones.

  (slightly formal)
something that you say in order to tell someone to forget about unpleasant things that have happened in the past Why can't you put all that bad feeling behind you and let bygones be bygones?
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let bygones be bygones

What's done is done; don't worry about the past, especially past errors or grievances. For example, Bill and Tom shook hands and agreed to let bygones be bygones. [First half of 1600s]
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References in classic literature ?
And when mine eye fleeth from the present to the bygone, it findeth ever the same: fragments and limbs and fearful chances--but no men!
If it is strange for me to look back from a distance both in time and space on these bygone adventures of our youth, it must be stranger for you who tread the same streets--who may to-morrow open the door of the old Speculative, where we begin to rank with Scott and Robert Emmet and the beloved and inglorious Macbean--or may pass the corner of the close where that great society, the L.
Landless did, and that I wish that bygone to be a bygone, and all to be right again.
Fairlie's drawings to dream over the same likeness when it was newly finished in the bygone time.
A strange name wakes up memories; the printed words scent the smoky atmosphere of to-day faintly, with the subtle and penetrating perfume as of land breezes breathing through the starlight of bygone nights; a signal fire gleams like a jewel on the high brow of a sombre cliff; great trees, the advanced sentries of immense forests, stand watchful and still over sleeping stretches of open water; a line of white surf thunders on an empty beach, the shallow water foams on the reefs; and green islets scattered through the calm of noonday lie upon the level of a polished sea, like a handful of emeralds on a buckler of steel.
Looking round, he saw Maggy in her big cap which had been long abandoned, with a basket on her arm as in the bygone days, chuckling rapturously.
If, in the bygone days when this was your home and when this was your dress, I had understood myself (I speak only of myself) better, and had read the secrets of my own breast more distinctly; if, through my reserve and self-mistrust, I had discerned a light that I see brightly now when it has passed far away, and my weak footsteps can never overtake it; if I had then known, and told you that I loved and honoured you, not as the poor child I used to call you, but as a woman whose true hand would raise me high above myself and make me a far happier and better man; if I had so used the opportunity there is no recalling--as I wish I had, O I wish I had
The Six Townships group has just released Bygone Alnwick, a superb collection of images, many unseen, of the Northumberland town.
Visit of Edward VII, 1906, from the DVD, Bygone Alnwick, by the Six Townships history group |
The Bygone Collection provides customers with a wide range of authentic styles spanning 300 years of sash window development from early Georgian through to late Victorian.
I've often scoffed at old time ways Those quaint styled fashions of bygone days 'Sticky out' frocks and 'handlebar' moustaches Penny-farthing bikes and round the waist sashes I considered my era the very last word And thought those dated times absurd Each age group thinks when their time bears fruit Their fashions are 'cool' and the past's a hoot.
A BYGONE era is being brought back to life in a new exhibition.
It's another bygone classic that's as fresh today as it was 45 years ago, a triumphant black comedy that must have caught Francis Ford Coppola's eye as he was preparing ``The Godfather'' a decade later.
A landscaped circular drive with porte-cochere, a double-height lobby and an elegant concierge desk will revive a bygone lifestyle of elegance in a strikingly contemporary environment.
Calling themselves "urban explorers," these people, mostly young but available in all ages, like to enter society's bygone buildings to take pictures, wander around, and more ominously, vandalize or even set off explosives at the sites.