the good old days


1. a time in the past when things were better than the present






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reminisce about the good old days

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 When someone talks about 'the good old days' they are referring to a time in the past that they feel was more ideal or better than the present time. This expression is usually used to express sentimentality about the past or used in a sarcastic way to highlight how things are done differently now compared to long ago. You are more likely to hear this used in social contexts.

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  1. My grandfather loves talking about the good old days when he said you could leave your door unlocked at night and people were much more polite.
  2. David and Kate were classmates a long time ago. They still meet up every so often to reminisce about the good old days.

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  1. In the good old days, you could start a business from your house. Rules and regulations make that an impossibility now.
  2. He reminded me of the good old days when employing people was cheaper and overtime was expected. 

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