those were the days


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Those were the days.

Cliché The days we have been referring to were the greatest of times. Ah, yes. The eighties. Those were the days! Those were the days. Back when people knew right from wrong.
See also: days, those

those were the days

life was better in the past The band's new songs are nowhere near as good as their '80s tunes. Man, those were the days.
Usage notes: used for emphasis when talking about something particular in the past
See also: days, those