This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'water under the bridge' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples to help you learn this idiom so you can use it in Spoken and Business English. When there is 'water under the bridge', it simply means that something happened in the past and is no longer important or worth arguing about.
This idiom is common in both social and professional environments. The idea of water moving on and not staying stuck in the same place. When something is considered ‘water under the bridge’, this mean it occurred in the past and has been dealt with, and is not worth dwelling on now. It’s generally used to refer to unpleasant or troublesome events that are in the past and consequently no longer regarded as important.
There was a time when I really didn't like Steven, but that's all water under the bridge now.
That supplier let us down with a shipment a while back, but they've since apologized and reimbursed us, so it's all water under the bridge.