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back in the day

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Definition


Refers to a time in the recent past when things were different of better.

Context : Social Life
Category: Idiom
Semantic: history, nostalgia

This idiom conveys a sense of nostalgia.

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Usage of “back in the day”

  1. Back in the day, we used to play music on the street corners and make good money.

  2. I remember her from back in the day.

Examples of idiom “back in the day” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'danlucas1986'
    danlucas1986:

    I'm going to be in Tesco by 8am. That hasn't happened since back in the day when I worked for a living.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'DanS42'
    DanS42:

    @johnnyeponymous Dude! No way! There's still Farrell's parlors? I remember many a birthday party here in Phoenix back in the day!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'KillaIsIlla'
    KillaIsIlla:

    tisha campbell was soo badd back in the day...sooo badd, that i would still give it to her TODAY just off of general principal

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'VinylMusicProd'
    VinylMusicProd:

    Montell Jordan= back in the day when rappers could actually speak english lol

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'AllAmerBadboy'
    AllAmerBadboy:

    back in the days when i was young, im not a kid anymore, but some days i sit and wish i was a kid again