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the old days

The past; a bygone era. How did ladies wear these corsets in the old days? It's only been a few minutes, and I already can't breathe! In the old days, people respected their grandparents. These brats today won't put down their phones long enough to talk to anyone!
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the old days

a period in the past, often seen as significantly different from the present, especially noticeably better or worse.
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The GEO said that using the Waterwheel Liao at Dinghu as the center, the office had connected the Waterwheel Liao trail, which was used for hauling rice in the old days, with the newly renovated irrigation ditch trail to form a circular trail network.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.
As the song progresses, Kesha's soulful wails convey the sense of loss that accompanies nostalgia, accentuated by lyrics like, "I wish somebody would have told me that/ That some day, these will be the good old days.
To set the scene, in the old days it was part of the Fifties scene to be able to get around the dance floor and not trip every one up.
The Good Old Days still runs for several weekends a year at its original venue, now newly-refurbished.
I am absolutely clear: We will not let recent events drag us back to the bad old days of the past.
The old days of unregulated commercial fishing are over.
Burning Can coincides with the 34th annual Good Old Days Celebration in Lyons.
THE "GOOD OL' days" are a nebulous notion--times past to my father were considerably different than my grandfather's good old days or as both were to my glory years.
ECCLESIASTES 7,10 The good old days or the bad old days; which is right?
Yes, there's a lot to be said for the bad old days - I think they are now, don't you?
MURPHY hears that Martin McGuinness is pining for the good old days.
Summary: The production company "Yala Fan" will host a celebration on 26 April called "The Old Days Have Returned," including a performance by the Syrian artist Rowaida Atyeh
Generally speaking, the history of the world can be split into three epochs: the Jurassic period, the Dark Ages and the good old days.
Have an Olympics, like the old days, I mean the old old days.