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bygone

[bahy-gawn, -gon] /ˈbaɪˌgɔn, -ˌgɒn/
adjective
1.
past; gone by; earlier; former:
The faded photograph brought memories of bygone days.
noun
2.
Usually, bygones. that which is past:
Let's not talk of bygones.
Idioms
3.
let bygones be bygones, to decide to forget past disagreements; become reconciled:
Let's let bygones be bygones and be friends again.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (north) by-gane; see gone, by1
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Examples for bygones
  • The difference between an inflation target and a price level target is that an inflation target lets bygones be bygones.
  • First, the system of bureaucracy has forever become bygones.
  • Let bygones be bygones, the answer is, that that is not possible.
British Dictionary definitions for bygones

bygone

/ˈbaɪˌɡɒn/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) past; former
noun
2.
(often pl) a past occurrence
3.
(often pl) an artefact, implement, etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest
4.
let bygones be bygones, to agree to forget past quarrels
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Word Origin and History for bygones
bygone
early 15c., from by + gone. Cf. similar construction of aforesaid.
bygones
"things that are past," especially offenses, 1560s, from pl. of noun use of bygone (q.v.).
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