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English definition of “those were the days”

those were the days

something you say that means life was better at the time in the past that you are talking about: We were young and madly in love. Ah, those were the days!Stages of lifeRemembering, reminding and reminders Grammar:Nowadays, these days or today?We can use nowadays, these days or today as adverbs meaning ‘at the present time, in comparison with the past’:See more
(Definition of those were the days from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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