good old days


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the good old days

A past period of better times. Often used to describe a time that one believes was better, simpler, or more wholesome than the current period. Ah, those were the good old days. Did you know I was captain of the football team back then? Were the good old days really that good? I think your memory is a bit rosier than reality.
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good old days

back in an earlier time which everyone remembers as a better time, even if it really wasn't. Back in the good old days, during World War I, they used real cactus needles in record players. The good old days didn't start until they had indoor bathrooms.
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the good old days

COMMON People use the good old days to talk about a time in the past when they think life was better. Brad's dead, and sitting around talking about the good old days isn't going to bring him back. In the good old days, the studios were able to look after stars when there wasn't much work.
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the ˈgood/ˈbad old days

an earlier period of time in your life or in history that is seen as better/worse than the present: That was in the bad old days of very high inflation.
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Maybe it's me, but the dogs of our earlier years seem to be at the heart of most recollections of the good old days.
The truth is that such good old days have never existed for very long or for very many people.
Apropos of the good old days in primary care, Walton states, "But if you get too caught up in that good life, it's probably time to move on, simply because you lose touch with what your mind is supposed to be concentrating on.
But the Ames case allowed for a comfortable return to the good old days.
WHAT has happened to the good old days of smartness?
LOCAL VARIETY: The Good Old Days were making a lively comeback when Linthwaite Methodist Players took to the stage in March 1986.
IN reply to the letter from Stephen Siddoway, December 5, who is harping on about the so called Good Old Days of yesteryear when pupils stood up when teachers entered the classroom, not forgetting when punishment by caning left many pupils with red raw hands which amounted to battery, abuse and assault.
Ticket upgrades are available at a supplement) * 2 nights stay at the 3 star Holiday Inn hotel, Glasgow Airport * Dinner on the Friday evening and full Scottish breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday mornings * Free time in Edinburgh * A visit to Keswick The Good Old Days The Legendary Music Hall Experience 2 days, departing Saturday 13 October 2012 from pounds 129.
So we're all hankering after the good old days, are we?
Generally speaking, the history of the world can be split into three epochs: the Jurassic period, the Dark Ages and the good old days.
The two councilman remember the good old days of zero tolerance and think any change in the rules is a bad idea.
Its proponents, he said, were "not troubled at all if restless and questioning people left the church, because to them it means that calm and order can be restored and everything in the church can be the way it was in the good old days.
Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, just like the good old days, but this is a smooth, intelligent story, and not the herky-jerky schlock we're sadly used to in the adventure genre.
And he was prone to extended sighing about the good old days, when Fred Astaire danced with his sister Adele, not that Tinseltown parvenu Ginger Rogers.
His marketing consultant told us, "It's almost like the good old days.