thing of the past

thing of the past

1. Something that no longer exists. Those stores are a thing of the past—their parent company filed bankruptcy a few years ago.
2. By extension, something that is no longer popular or commonplace. I think everyone is glad that leisure suits are a thing of the past. In today's society, it certainly seems like manners are becoming a thing of the past.
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a thing of the ˈpast

something that no longer happens or exists: Everybody sends emails these days. Letter-writing has become a thing of the past.
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He was well acquainted with the way dilettanti have (the cleverer they were the worse he found them) of looking at the works of contemporary artists with the sole object of being in a position to say that art is a thing of the past, and that the more one sees of the new men the more one sees how inimitable the works of the great old masters have remained.
For long ambition has been like an ancient memory to me, some glorious day recalled from my springtime, so much a thing of the past that I must make a railway journey to revisit it as to look upon the pleasant fields in which that scene was laid.
Whence it arises," he continued, "that when we see any person well dressed and making a figure with rich garments and retinue of servants, it seems to lead and impel us perforce to respect him, though memory may at the same moment recall to us some lowly condition in which we have seen him, but which, whether it may have been poverty or low birth, being now a thing of the past, has no existence; while the only thing that has any existence is what we see before us; and if this person whom fortune has raised from his original lowly state
So you consider your childhood a thing of the past, do you, young lady?
I made what change I could in my appearance; and blithe was I to look in the glass and find the beggarman a thing of the past, and David Balfour come to life again.
In a moment more the last thread which bound her to them was broken; the familiar companionship of many months was a thing of the past already!
It's the wrong time of the year to see Pajaro Valley," Benson said, when he again sat beside Saxon and Sargent's was a thing of the past.
Jo meantime devoted herself to literature and Beth, who remained delicate long after the fever was a thing of the past.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Nov 8 (ANI): In most of the world, the iconic 140-character tweet is now officially a thing of the past and Chrissy Teigen isn't psyched about it.
Apoll of UK tradesman says nearly half of them believe the wolf-whistle is a thing of the past and that they no longer do it.
No A land for heroes, what a farce Limbless homeless gassed No help for heroes Now 2011 countless years have passed No further forward for our heroes 2012 still as in the past Limbless homeless post traumatic stress Still left in limbo Relying on charity of which is Very scant England our England a thing Of the past, All right for the government who send Our boys to war Living the life of Riley in their Mansions Land of Hope and Glory a thing Of the past Could we not look after our Heroes as they do in America Not a ghost in hell's chance 2016 Not so much change for any Wounded soldier of any war.
Summary: Cheap booze could become a thing of the past in Scotland under plans to scrap heavy discounting in supermarkets and off licences.
The box office boost from the Academy Awards is going to kind of be a thing of the past if these things keep being released on DVD right around the time of Oscar time," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers.
Playing doctor or doing unauthorized maintenance on the microclimate cooling system (MCS) should be a thing of the past, too.
The strong winds and wintry showers that have lashed the region over the last few days are set to become a thing of the past, according to weather experts at the Met Office.