have seen better days

have seen better days

Euph. to be in bad condition. My old car has seen better days, but at least it's still running. She's seen better days, it's true, but she's still lots of fun.
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have seen better days

something is in bad condition because of heavy use The airport building had seen better days and needed a lot of repairs.
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have seen better days

  (humorous)
if something or someone has seen better days, they are not in such a good condition as they used to be Our washing machine has seen better days. We were met at the hotel entrance by an ageing porter who had evidently seen better days.
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