water under the bridge


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water under the bridge

A prior issue that is now resolved or considered resolved. That argument we had is just water under the bridge now—don't even worry about it.
See also: bridge, water

water under the bridge

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

water over the dam

AMERICAN
If you say that a bad experience is water under the bridge, you mean that it happened a long time ago and so you do not feel upset or worried about it now. He didn't treat me very well at the time but it's all water under the bridge now. Mr Bruce said that he was relieved it was over and that he regarded his time in jail as water under the bridge. Note: You can also say things such as a lot of water has gone under the bridge to mean that a lot of time has passed or a lot of things have happened since a bad experience. It's almost two years since it happened and a lot of water has gone under the bridge. We're now on speaking terms with Marcia.
See also: bridge, water

water under the bridge

used to refer to events or situations in the past that are no longer to be regarded as important or a source of concern.
The related expression there's been a lot of water under the bridge since — is used to indicate that a lot of time has passed and a great many events have occurred since a particular event. A North American variant is water over the dam .
See also: bridge, water

be (all) water under the ˈbridge

(spoken) be an event, a mistake, etc. that has already happened and is now forgotten or no longer important: We had a terrible quarrel five years ago but that’s all water under the bridge.
See also: bridge, water

water under the bridge

A past occurrence, especially something unfortunate, that cannot be undone or rectified: All that is now just water under the bridge.
See also: bridge, water
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It seems to me, Mr Stevenson, that the damage is done and it is now all water under the bridge.
He said: "I accept Scott's apology and as far as I'm concerned it's water under the bridge.
There's a lot of water under the bridge but I apologised for a few things and he apologised for a few things.
Mayock, who clinched the European indoor title, finished the race covered in bruises after he and the second-placed Spaniard clashed, but Mayock admitted: "It's water under the bridge.
Kenny said: "Words were said back then but you have to move on in life and ensure some things become water under the bridge.
There's been a lot of water under the bridge since but there's something about the couple that continues to command our attention.
There were those of us who questioned that relevance from its very inception,but with that water under the bridge,only a churl would say `told you so' at such a sombre moment.
That rule has since been changed, opening the door for John Mitchell to succeed Wayne Smith, and the NZRFU insist the matter is water under the bridge.
They've said their apologies and they both used the same phrase to describe their rocky past - water under the bridge.