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bygone days

A period of time that has since passed. My grandmother loves to look at old pictures as a reminder of her bygone days. That law is from bygone days! We need to move forward and modernize, not stay stuck in the past!
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let bygones be bygones

To stop focusing on something that happened in the past (usually a source of conflict or tension). I said I was sorry—can't we let bygones be bygones?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Let bygones be bygones.

Cliché Forgive someone for something he or she did in the past. Jill: Why don't you want to invite Ellen to your party? Jane: She was rude to me at the off ice picnic. Jill: But that was six months ago. Let bygones be bygones. Nancy held a grudge against her teacher for a long time, but she finally decided to let bygones be bygones.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

let bygones be bygones

What's done is done; don't worry about the past, especially past errors or grievances. For example, Bill and Tom shook hands and agreed to let bygones be bygones. [First half of 1600s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

let bygones be bygones

If people let bygones be bygones, they agree to forget about arguments and problems that have happened in the past so that they can improve their relationship. She met him again by chance through friends and decided to let bygones be bygones for the sake of her art.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

let bygones be bygones

forgive and forget past offences or causes of conflict.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

let ˌbygones be ˈbygones

decide to forget about disagreements that happened in the past: This is a ridiculous situation, avoiding each other like this. Why can’t we let bygones be bygones?
See also: bygone, let
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

let bygones be bygones

Don’t worry about the past; forgive and forget. Although the idea dates from ancient times, the wording comes from the seventeenth century, when it was cited by several writers as a proverb or parable. It continued to be widely quoted (by Scott, Tennyson, and Shaw, among others). The word bygone, meaning “past,” dates from the fourteenth century and survives principally in the cliché.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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