Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

Let bygones be bygones

let bygones be bygones
Meaning(s)
1) forgive or agree to forget about a past conflict or disagreement with somebody
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    • it's about time we let bygones be bygones
  • Analysis
    This expression is akin to a peace offering. You are requesting or imploring somebody who you have had previous conflict with to wipe the slate clean. To let whatever happened in the past stay there and no longer impact the present or future. This can be the case whether there is blame to be shared, or whether one party is totally at fault. It's commonly used in a social context with regards to forgiveness or reconciliation between friends or family. In a professional environment, it is more likely to be used for financial or other practical reasons.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. There's been tension between us for years over what happened and it's having a negative impact on both our lives. Why don't we just agree to let bygones be bygones?
    2. Kevin called and tried to make peace with me, but I still feel so betrayed over his actions that I just couldn't let bygones be bygones.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Lucy is still unhappy at me for taking that decision behind her back, but for the sake of the business, she was willing to let bygones be bygones.
    2. Companies that violate employment laws need to be held responsible we can't let bygones be bygones.
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