water under the bridge

water under the bridge

also water over the dam

Meaning:

  • past events that are not important anymore
  • something that has happened and cannot be changed, hence, not important
  • past occurrence that cannot be changed
  • events that occurred long ago and have been forgotten
  • to let bygones be bygones

Example:

  1. We used to have big disagreements some years back, but that’s all water under the bridge now. We get along fine.
  2. When I was a child, I used to fancy myself being a sportsperson when I grew up, but that’s water under the bridge. Now I am stuck at this mundane job.
  3. I don’t want to talk about the argument we had last week. It’s water under the bridge now.
  4. I should have negotiated a higher salary when I was offered the job, but that’s water under the bridge now.
  5. Both parties agreed that their past disputes were water under the bridge and decided to work together towards a common goal.

Origin:
The phrase originated around the early 1900s. It probably refers to the fact that water (of a river) flows constantly towards the sea and is not still, indicating that the water that has already flowed under the bridge will not return.

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3 Comments

AuthorPricila writes on 24th April 2018

Give kid examples but this works

AuthorЛюда writes on 24th January 2018

Thanks, really good explanation.

AuthorRebecca writes on 24th January 2018

This is so helpful!😍 It’s helping me a lot in my grammar lesson.

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