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water under the bridge

A prior issue that is now resolved or considered resolved. That argument we had is just water under the bridge now—don't even worry about it.
See also: bridge, water

(as) busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

Very busy, assiduous, or hardworking. The phrase refers to beavers' reputation for being extremely industrious. Between working two part-time jobs, volunteering on the weekends, and looking after his little brother, Sam's been busy as a beaver this summer. I've been as busy as a beaver building a new dam this year. I've had almost no free time!
See also: beaver, busy, new

dam up

To block something from flowing freely, typically water in a stream, river, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dam" and "up." If we don't dam up the river, this rain will cause a flood.
See also: dam, up

dam something up

to erect a barrier in a river, stream, brook, etc. We are going to have to dam this stream up to make a pond for the cattle. Let's dam up this stream. Why is this river dammed up?
See also: dam, up

water over the dam

 and water under the bridge
Fig. past and unchangeable events. Your quarrel with Lena is water over the dam; now you ought to concentrate on getting along with her. George and I were friends once, but that's all water under the bridge now.
See also: dam, water

water over the dam

Also, water under the bridge. Something that is over and done with, especially an unfortunate occurrence. For example, Last year's problems with delivery are water over the dam, or Never mind that old quarrel; that's water under the bridge. These metaphoric phrases allude to water that has flowed over a spillway or under a bridge and thus is gone forever. The first term was first recorded in 1797; the variant dates from the late 1800s.
See also: dam, water

water under the bridge

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

water over the dam

AMERICAN
If you say that a bad experience is water under the bridge, you mean that it happened a long time ago and so you do not feel upset or worried about it now. He didn't treat me very well at the time but it's all water under the bridge now. Mr Bruce said that he was relieved it was over and that he regarded his time in jail as water under the bridge. Note: You can also say things such as a lot of water has gone under the bridge to mean that a lot of time has passed or a lot of things have happened since a bad experience. It's almost two years since it happened and a lot of water has gone under the bridge. We're now on speaking terms with Marcia.
See also: bridge, water

water under the bridge

A past occurrence, especially something unfortunate, that cannot be undone or rectified: All that is now just water under the bridge.
See also: bridge, water
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As members departed to start the Fun Boy Three, Dammers regrouped under his old band name of The Special AKA and had his greatest international success with Free Nelson Mandela, a song that helped embarrass the racist South African government.
HONOUR: Clive Blackburn, the partner of Delia Derbyshire, former Specials lead singer and songwriter Jerry Dammers and soul singer Ray King village.
What I like about Robert is that he comes from an era that wasn't just about money," adds Dammers.
In April 2014, Dammers received the South African Companions of OR Tambo Order silver award, a national honour, for his role in the antiapartheid movement.
Dammers, who scored a top 10 hit with the track performed by Special AKA, picked up the inspiration award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards, which saw stars including Charlotte Church attending.
Amnesty - formerly Amnesty International - wants to find the next generation of protest singers And Dammers, 58, from Coventry, certainly has all the qualifications.
Byline: JERRY DAMMERS The Specials star who wrote FREE NELSON MANDELA recalls effect Mandela had on him
Some British musicians such as Billy Bragg, Paul Weller and Jerry Dammers demanded an apology from Simon.
Thursday night in the capital sees the Hanover Street pub wars, with Graeme Park in 99 Hanover Street and Jerry Dammers from The Specials at Soba.
JERRY DAMMERS Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 0121 444 2081, SundayTHE founder and songwriter of Coventry band s The Specials ventures out for a rare evening of ska, reggae, roots, soul and funk.
The reformed band are two members short of the classic lineup, with songwriter Jerry Dammers and second singer Neville Staples out of the picture.
Those unsated can head back to World Headquarters for an aftershow DJ set by none other than former Special, Jerry Dammers.
The trail begins at Coventry University, the former Lanchester Polytechnic, where The Specials' Jerry Dammers first met Horace Panter.
Keyboard player Jerry Dammers is not appearing with the band due to an ongoing spat.
They have already played alongside illustrious artists like Madness, The Skatalites, Rico, Zion Train, Jerry Dammers, Dub Side of The Moon creators Easy Star All-Stars, and had Studio One diva Dawn Penn and TJ Chill from Afrika Bambaatas Zulu Nation both perform with them.