The social norms, standards, or expectations of the country or world become different over time. The people in this neighborhood used to be a tight-knit community of friends. Times change, though, and by now everyone has either moved away or drifted apart. A: "Don't you think it's just a really weird way to live?" B: "Hey, times change! All sorts of stuff is OK now that was taboo 20 years ago." It used to be that you'd finish college, get a job, and then you'd be set for the rest of your life. But times change, and those life-long careers seem harder and harder to find.
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Times change(, people change).
Prov. As time passes, different things become acceptable. Grandmother: In my day, no decent young woman would wear anything as immodest as what you've got on. Granddaughter: Times change, Grandma. Alan: When I was in business school, the practices you call good business were called dishonest. Fred: Yeah, well, times change, people change.
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