Meaning of “those were the days” in the English Dictionary

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"those were the days" in British English

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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!

(Definition of “those were the days” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"those were the days" in American English

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those were the days

life was better in the past:

"Do you remember when ice cream cones used to cost 50 cents?" "Yeah, those were the days!"

(Definition of “those were the days” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)