to dwell on the past

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - dwell on the past

"to dwell on the past"

to think too much about a past event or events to the point where it adversely effects the present or your ability to plan for the future


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - dwell on the past

Two teammates are talking ...

Teammate 1:  Are you ready for tonight's big game?

Teammate 2:  Not really. I was thinking about the last time we played this team last season and how horribly we lost.

Teammate 1:  Don't dwell on the past. Last year was last year. We have a much stronger team this year and we have been working really hard. Start thinking about how it is going to feel when we win.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - dwell on the past

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You are looking very sad. Why are you just moping around the house? What is going on?

Friend 2:  Nothing. I was just thinking about how good things used to be and wishing I could go back in time to when things were better.

Friend 1:  Well, there is no sense dwelling on the past. What is done is done. All we can do is live now. Stop brooding over the past. Come on. Let's go out and have some fun.

to dwell on the past - Usage:


to dwell on the past - Gerund Form:

Dwelling on the past clouds our ability to enjoy the present and move forward.

to dwell on the past - Examples:

1)  ... who would rather look to the future than dwell on the past.

2)  Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!

3)  ... rare person who lives entirely in the present. By and large, we either dwell on the past or anticipate the future and, ...

4)  Rather than dwell on the past and the nostalgia that might go with it, I think that ...

5)  ... is blowing this way out of proportion. I'm never one to dwell on the past. I just want to move forward.

6)  ... reflect back on it. But I'm very conscious not to dwell on the past. I'm a very firm believer in sticking with the present.

7)  ... insists that it was a collective loss but that, rather than dwell on the past which can not be reversed, the football community should forge ahead ...

8)  ... will be the most horrifying experience possible. It's really easy to dwell on the past, but the important thing now is to look forward and keep ...

9)  ... effective leaders learn and move on. They don't dwell on the past or stay stuck in a position that doesn't offer forward motion.

10)  This should send a clear signal to everyone that we can not dwell on the past but rather imagine a future full of possibilities for our people.

11)  I'm disappointed. The game is over we can't continue to dwell on the past. We hope to make amends in future.

12)  I do not wish to dwell on the past but focus positively on moving forward to help ...

13)  ... do not want to dwell on the past or allow their focus to be scrambled.

14)  It's easy to dwell on the past and missed opportunities. Now, I learn from my mistakes and ...

15)  ... this conference should not dwell on the past, but rather use our individual history to shape our solutions and ...

16)  We try to take the lessons going forward. It's hard to dwell on the past.

17)  ... its managing director is keen to look to the future rather than dwell on the past when it comes to discussing its silver anniversary.

18)  Don't dwell on the past or focus on what is missing in your life.

19)  They live in the present moment and enjoy it. They don't dwell on the past or worry about the future.

20)  ... but we've had to move on and keep going forward and not dwell on the past and do our best with what we have now.