time was (when)

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old-fashioned
used to say that something was true in the past and usually to express annoyance that it is no longer trueTime was, you could buy a candy bar for a nickel.Time was when people respected their elders.

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“Time was (when).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20was%20%28when%29. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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