a golden age


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golden age

A period of or defined by outstanding excellence, quality, prosperity, or achievement. This Halloween, we're having a marathon of all the monster movies from the golden age of cinema. Many people look back on the 1950s as some kind of golden age, completely ignoring or denying many of the deep-rooted social injustices that typified that time in America.
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a golden age

a period in the past when things were at their best, happiest, or most successful.
According to Greek and Roman mythology, the Golden Age was the earliest and best age of the world, when human beings lived in a state of perfect happiness. The Ages of Silver, Brass, and Iron represented successive stages of a descent into barbarism and misery.
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The metaphor is almost always invoked retrospectively, usually to describe a sepia-tinted period when the sun shone, the trains ran on time and the general outlook was overwhelmingly rosy, yet there's little doubt that, once account is taken of the colossal value and volume of transactions over the past three years, prevailing conditions ensure that we're currently experiencing a golden age of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.
lt;BBobby Moore lifts the World Cup in 1966, while Frank Field MP points to the 1950s as a golden age of decorum and decency, right