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Forgive and forget.

Prov. You should not only forgive people for hurting you, you should also forget that they ever hurt you. When my sister lost my favorite book, I was angry at her for weeks, but my mother finally convinced me to forgive and forget. Jane: Are you going to invite Sam to your party? Sue: No way. Last year he laughed at my new skirt. Jane: Come on, Sue, forgive and forget.
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forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
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forgive and forget

to accept and not think about what someone has done to you If they can admit they were wrong, then they can surely forgive and forget.
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forgive and forget

Both pardon and hold no resentment concerning a past event. For example, After Meg and Mary decided to forgive and forget their differences, they became good friends . This phrase dates from the 1300s and was a proverb by the mid-1500s. For a synonym, see let bygones be bygones.
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References in classic literature ?
But I can never forgive the misery and desolation your madness has occasioned,'' continued Rowena.
Forgive each other, help each other, and begin again tomorrow.
It depends upon--a good deal whether I ever forgive you.
And if that some one should be the very he whom, of all others, I could least bear--but I will not stay to rob myself of all your compassionate goodwill, by shewing that where I have most injured I can least forgive.
Adam answered with a half-sob, "Yes, I forgive thee Hetty.
You have a great deal, and I have a very great deal to forgive myself, too.
There be nothing to forgive, Joan, unless it be that I should ask forgiveness for protecting thee so poorly.
Fanny never would forgive us if you showed her curls and things to those people.
I wrote him a full and careful account of all that had happened; I begged him to forgive and forget my ungracious reception of the advice which he had so kindly offered to me; and I promised beforehand to do nothing without first consulting his opinion in the new emergency which now confronted me.
Mr Allworthy himself spoke to the captain in his brother's behalf, and desired to know what offence the doctor had committed; when the hard-hearted villain had the baseness to say that he should never forgive him for the injury which he had endeavoured to do him in his favour; which, he said, he had pumped out of him, and was such a cruelty that it ought not to be forgiven.
I have told you too much already for you to forgive me now.
I wanted to be forgiven, of course--we are always wanting women to forgive us, aren't we, Prince?
And if a friend doeth thee wrong, then say: "I forgive thee what thou hast done unto me; that thou hast done it unto THYSELF, however--how could I forgive that
Could his own conscience ever forgive him if he deserted her?
Yes, she won't forgive me, and she can't forgive me.