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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.
See also: bygone, let

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?
See also: bygone, let

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]
See also: bygone, let
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Governor Gideon Gono said it was time 'to let bygones be bygones' now that the country is under a new coalition government.
Hearty congratulations to all the leaders of Zimbabwe for deciding to move forward and recognising that lasting peace is only achieved by consensus, and letting bygones be bygones.
It does appear the French (EDF) have 'gone nuclear' and now have us in a 'Full-Nelson' and we really have no option but to submit - further to our chagrin we must hope the Spanish (Iberdrola) and the French (EDF) hold no animosity regarding Trafalgar and will truly let bygones be bygones?
Racing has an honourable history of letting bygones be bygones.
Suffice to say Heather has now received an apology and has been told bygones are bygones and she's more than welcome.
Put bygones behind us, the water under the bridge, over the dam, wherever water goes - standing in your basement - she's going to be here on this show and it's going to be fantastic,'' Letterman told Monday's audience.
I think it is time to let bygones be bygones as the paper seems intelligent and is now easy to read, and it is good that Wales has its own morning national paper.
I don't think the President would say let bygones be bygones," said Mr Tasneem Carrim, an official in Mr Mbeki's office.
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