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1. To be dead, destroyed, or in deep trouble after something negative happens. Almost always used in a figurative sense. I just got bad news from the auto repair shop—my car is history. You'll be history once the principal finds out you plagiarized that paper.
2. To be a thing of the past; to be no longer relevant. A: "I thought that you didn't get along with Jenny." B: "Oh, that's history! We're friends now." Can you please clean out all this junk? Cassette tapes are history, and there's no reason to keep them!
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COMMON If someone or something is history, they are no longer important or no longer exist. If you forget to do your homework, you're history. He raises a hammer and swings it at the stone. A dozen well aimed blows, and the thing is history.
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be history1 be perceived as no longer relevant to the present. 2 used to indicate imminent departure, dismissal, or death. informal
2 1995 Country If Ducas does get the girl, you can lay odds that she'll be history by the end of the song.
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