Let bygones be bygones

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This episode is all about forgetting the negative things that happened to us in the past and moving forward with our lives. This is always a good idea, so we’ve got a few expressions to remind us of this. If you had an argument with someone, or if something didn’t happen the way you wanted it to, it may be better not to think about it anymore. Put the past behind you and listen to this episode.

Maura: This expression sounds very repetitive because it repeats the same word twice—bygones. So the expression is let bygones be bygones.
Harp: Yeah. And bygones mean something from the past, something that happened at an earlier time. And so this expression, to let bygones be bygones, it means to let unpleasant things that have happened in the past stay in the past. You forget about them. You don’t bring them up again. You just let it go.
Maura: Right. It’s like saying something that happened in the past happened in the past, not the present, so don’t think about it now.
Harp: For example, if you had an argument or a fight with someone in the past, don’t bring it up again. Don’t think about it. Let bygones be bygones.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To let bygones be bygones To bring something up
Miffed To put something behind you
To flare up To get down on yourself
To let sleeping dogs lie Split infinitives
To be around To be on someone
An old flame To go down that road (again)
To come to your senses To be right around the corner

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo eHow

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