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What does this idiom mean?
'Water under the bridge' means what happened in the past is forgotten and doesn't matter now. It's a phrase we commonly use when we want to say that we completely forgive someone.
How do you use this idiom?
We like to say 'water under the bridge', or 'don't worry, it's all water under the bridge' to emphasize* when we have forgiven and forgotten something bad that happened.
Here's an example:
Person A: You know, I'm really sorry I broke your favorite cup last year. I still feel bad about it*.
Person B: No worries, I forgive you! It's all water under the bridge. I have a new favorite cup now.
When is it appropriate to use this idiom?
You can use this idiom at work or with family. It's appropriate for all ages.
Where does this idiom come from?
This idiom comes from the idea that the water that flowed under a bridge in the past is now long gone. The water in the past is forgotten.
Water, especially clean and still water, can be refreshing and can help us feel calm. Thinking about the water in the past that washed away something bad can help us feel renewed and cleansed.
to emphasize - to focus on, to prove a point
to feel bad about (something) - to be sorry for (something)
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