water under the bridge

Definitions

  • May watched the water-logged craft as it vanished under a distant bridge
    May watched the water-logged craft as it vanished under a distant bridge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n water under the bridge past events to be put aside "let bygones be bygones"
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Idioms

Water under the bridge - If something belongs to the past and isn't important or troubling any more, it is water under the bridge.
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Usage

In literature:

All water under the bridge.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
It was like the arch of a bridge, under which rushed the foaming water.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Beyond the tracks I could see the murky water of Brushy Creek racing toward the river under the State Street bridge.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
See how swift the water runs under the arches of the bridge!
"Rollo in London" by Jacob Abbott
It flows round the foot of the gardens, from the locks to the water-mill, away under the wooden bridges.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
These are some of the waters that ran under the bridges before the Fourth of July picnic at Eight-Mile Grove.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
The roads are in many parts several feet under water and perfect swamps, while in some places the bridges are wanting altogether.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
They're wine that's drunk and water that's run under the bridge.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Still below us, on the left, ran the broad river, with its dark, almost blood-red waters flowing swiftly under the high, picturesque bridge.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
The water raced under the bridge, green and dark, and streaked with foam.
"The Wonderful Visit" by Herbert George Wells
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In news:

There has been a lot of water under the bridge since The Shadow Box first opened to enormous acclaim in 1977.
But where the creek runs under Matadero Avenue at the Matadero Avenue Bridge, the water stopped abruptly.
Enid's summer of discontent is over, but our water issues are not all under the bridge.
Apparently enough water has flowed under the bridge for Barbara Walters and Star Jones to reunite for a day.
That's water under the bridge .
Authorities say the breach at the Brown Bridge Dam is secure, water levels have gone back to normal, and the situation is considered under control.
State and local authorities on Sunday pulled a wrecked car and two bodies from dark water under an I-20 bridge that matches the tag number of a green Pontiac that carried two North Carolina teenagers missing for two weeks.
Water levels are so high this year from record rains and snow melt that just getting under some of the bridges is difficult for some boats.
The Yadanatheinga bridge, which was under construction, collapsed into the water in the Irrawaddy River after it was damaged by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar.
The council voted to spend up to $70,000 to move the water line off of the bridge on Highway 65 and run it under the river.
One place under the highway bridge was probably under 5'-6' of water.
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