Meaning of let bygones be bygones in English:

let bygones be bygones


  • Forget past offences or causes of conflict and be reconciled.

    ‘It was unfortunate but relations weren't always very productive in the past and we'll let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘Oh well, time to bury the hatchet and let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘He needed to learn to let bygones be bygones, burry the hatchet, forgive and forget, and all those other euphemisms my mom was so fond of.’
    • ‘That this may have happened for the second time in twenty years featuring many of the same people is a pretty clear indication that letting bygones be bygones will not do when dealing with this sort of traitorous, undemocratic behavior.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, letting bygones be bygones, we now focus on the upcoming home encounter - the only one that matters now.’
    • ‘That speech last September went well beyond letting bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘I'm happy to let bygones be bygones and I will stop talking to the press as long as Bob does the same thing.’
    • ‘If he had been involved in theatre, or I had been mad about sports, the two things that are the polar opposites of our interests, then you might be able to say, ‘Oh, well, let bygones be bygones.’’
    • ‘Right now, for the most part, those Democrats seem inclined to let bygones be bygones - signaling to journalists that they may as well do the same.’
    • ‘And now their children want to let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘But of course, we know how much New Yorkers love California, so maybe the Big Apple will be willing to let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘Yes, in the past, we may have thrown the gauntlet on occasion and gotten all up in his business, but we're willing to let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘I mean, British people, when asked about this, now are pretty relaxed in saying let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘The president in his speech said he wanted to let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘Collins still has friends on the committee, and recently issued a statement asking the committee to let bygones be bygones and get round the table to talk.’
    • ‘Now publicans have pledged to raise a glass to the incoming regiment and let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘The defence of the pardons, and the emphasis on ‘pacification’ show the intention of letting bygones be bygones so that Argentines might now ‘look ahead’.’
    • ‘We also see these characters binding together in a tough time, letting bygones be bygones when all is said and done.’
    • ‘Apparently he's managed to convince Olivia to let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘However, we were told that you would make full restitution for the damage you have caused to us and, if that is the case, we are not unwilling to let bygones be bygones.’
    deliberately ignore, not take into consideration, disregard, take no notice of, take no account of, accept, allow, make allowances for, let pass, turn a blind eye to, overlook, forget, wink at, blink at, connive at