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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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British Dictionary definitions for let bygones be 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 let bygones be bygones

bygone

adj.

early 15c., from by (adv.) + gone. Cf. similar construction of aforesaid. As a noun from 1560s (see bygones).

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let bygones be bygones in Culture

Let bygones be bygones definition


Let past offenses and problems stay in the past; don't let them taint the present.

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Idioms and Phrases with let bygones be bygones

let bygones be bygones

What's done is done; don't worry about the past, especially past errors or grievances. For example, Bill and Tom shook hands and agreed to let bygones be bygones. [ First half of 1600s ]
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