good old days


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the good old days

A past period of better times. Often used to describe a time that one believes was better, simpler, or more wholesome than the current period. Ah, those were the good old days. Did you know I was captain of the football team back then? Were the good old days really that good? I think your memory is a bit rosier than reality.
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good old days

back in an earlier time which everyone remembers as a better time, even if it really wasn't. Back in the good old days, during World War I, they used real cactus needles in record players. The good old days didn't start until they had indoor bathrooms.
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the good old days

COMMON People use the good old days to talk about a time in the past when they think life was better. Brad's dead, and sitting around talking about the good old days isn't going to bring him back. In the good old days, the studios were able to look after stars when there wasn't much work.
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the ˈgood/ˈbad old days

an earlier period of time in your life or in history that is seen as better/worse than the present: That was in the bad old days of very high inflation.
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Whenever we go down the treacherous path of rehashing the good old days, by definition we focus on positive recollections and when necessary buttress them with invention.
Imagine that, an "intensive and highly negative pricing environment" has gotten so much worse it's considered the good old days.
The reality is that I don't think the good old days worked very well for many kids," Richmond says.
The key to leadership is not to pine for a return of the good old days, because that never happens.
In the good old days when I was using WordPerfect, the program created a backup copy of every file I opened.
A lichen may have seemed complicated enough back in the good old days, when biologists described it as a partnership between a fungal and an algal species.
Although you don't pass up many opportunities to denounce feminism whenever you get the chance, I sometimes get the feeling your staff would be happy if the world would go back to the good old days of Catholicism whenever that was.
Ray Trimmer remembered the early days when Pete worked at Gentile AFB, OH, and as the program ended, it was Pete who recalled the good old days when he hired outstanding retirees like John Theodore Cotton, Bill Eviston, Chuck Hoey, and "Top Gun" Jim Thomas.
We have been busy yearning to somehow hold on to or restore the good old days.
Whenever Harry heard his fellow cottagers recalling the good old days, those, so-called, simpler times, he would just nod without comment.
Leaders of the attacks have decried the new learning concepts opting instead for the good old days of math learning.
MARK: I long for the good old days when people had to work for a living.
So different, they say, from the good old days of job stability and security.
Once a "restorative mentality" is adopted, your staff will never want to return to "the good old days.
Apropos of the good old days in primary care, Walton states, "But if you get too caught up in that good life, it's probably time to move on, simply because you lose touch with what your mind is supposed to be concentrating on.