Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

water under the bridge

water under the bridge
Meaning(s)
1) a past problem that has either been resolved or is no longer important
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • We've had our differences, but that's all water under the bridge now
  • Analysis

    When you say that something is ‘water under the bridge’, you are saying that something is in the past and is no longer worth referring to or relevant. The image is of water moving on and not staying stuck in the same place. When something is ‘water under the bridge’ you mean that the problem that occurred in the past has been dealt with and is not worth dwelling on now. This is a popular idiom used in both social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Don't worry about the argument we had last year. It's all water under the bridge now as far as I'm concerned.
    2. There was a time when I really didn't like Steven, but that's all water under the bridge.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. That supplier did let us down with a shipment a while back, but they've since apologized and reimbursed us so it's water under the bridge. 
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