let bygones be bygones


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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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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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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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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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let bygones be bygones

forgive and forget past offences or causes of conflict.
See also: bygone, let

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?
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