those were the days


used to say that a period of time in the past was pleasant and often better than the present time
When I was a kid, we spent our summers at the beach. Those were the days!

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Recent Examples on the Web And within those, there were adventures and those were the days before mobile phones. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 July 2023

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“Those were the days.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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