the old days

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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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