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past; gone by; earlier; former:
The faded photograph brought memories of bygone days.
Usually, bygones. that which is past:
Let’s not talk of bygones.
let bygones be bygones, to decide to forget past disagreements; become reconciled:
Let’s let bygones be bygones and be friends again.
Contemporary Examples

What to Eat: Spring Comfort Foods Cookstr.com April 26, 2010
England Goes Hollywood Alex Massie February 12, 2010
A Shifting Landscape of Sacrifice Peter Eisinger May 29, 2010
Game of Thrones for Dummies Jace Lacob April 12, 2011
My Address—and Apology—to Yale Christopher Buckley May 23, 2009

Historical Examples

The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces Joyce Kilmer
The Non-Christian Cross John Denham Parsons
Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
Van Dyck Estelle M. Hurll

(usually prenominal) past; former
(often pl) a past occurrence
(often pl) an artefact, implement, etc, of former domestic or industrial use, now often collected for interest
let bygones be bygones, to agree to forget past quarrels


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