let bygones be bygones

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - let bygones be bygones

"let bygones be bygones"

a cliché used to tell someone to forget about unpleasant things that have happened in the past


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - let bygones be bygones

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you going to Tony's party tonight? He invited you, you know?

Friend 2:  I don't think so.  I still feel the pain of his betrayal.

Friend 1:  I never really knew what went on with you two but it was so long ago.  Isn't it time to let bygones be bygones?

Friend 2:  Maybe it's time to think about forgiving Tony and moving on but not at a party.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - let bygones be bygones

A mother is talking to her daughter ...

Mother:  What ever happened to Tina? You two used to be the best of friends. I haven't seen her in a long time. Did something happen?

Daughter:  We had a big fight over a boy and haven't talked since.

Mother:  Oh, that is too bad. If you miss your friend and want to enjoy her company again, perhaps it is time to let bygones be bygones.

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Letting bygones be bygones allows you to move forward.

let bygones be bygones - Examples:

1)  That realization for me at that time was all I needed to just let bygones be bygones and get on with life.

2)  They would have much preferred this matter be swept under the carpet and "let bygones be bygones".

3)  Well, it's all right, then; and we'll let bygones be bygones.

4)  ... forgive your debt with me and you can have a number two account. Let bygones be bygones and start again in friendship.

5)  ... are keen to see their territories returned and may well be willing to let bygones be bygones and strike up a rapport with Hezbollah to help settle the matter ...

6)  As long as she votes with us to cut those expenses, we can let bygones be bygones.

7)  ... to her, to someone else, or just pack it all away and let bygones be bygones?

8)  I say let bygones be bygones and let's welcome him back to the ice in the great state ...

9)  They seem unimaginably able to let bygones be bygones and move forward without crippling resentments.

10)  Never mind. Stop crying. We're going to let bygones be bygones, and try and turn over a new leaf. 

11)  Let's let bygones be bygones and start being friends.

12)  Cole, for his part, is apparently prepared to let bygones be bygones and put the ugly matter behind him for the sake of the team.

13)  ... his visits any more if only the aggrieved husband would overlook the matter and let bygones be bygones, ...

14)  But seemingly many socialists don't like to let bygones be bygones and they are willing to go through it again for the sake of ...

15)  Any other in his place would have simply let bygones be bygones and fled the stock market scene.

16)  Over time they let bygones be bygones and became great friends once again.

17)  ... time to move on, to put the past behind us, to let bygones be bygones.

18)  The only sensible way forward is to let bygones be bygones and work through an intermediary such as Turkey or Oman.

19)  Or we could let bygones be bygones and just let them go.

20)  Anyways, we had done our best, let bygones be bygones.