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1Be perceived as no longer relevant to the present:‘the mainframe is already history’
- ‘Ah well, if it's the photo at the top of yesterday's post you're thinking of, that beard was history as soon as the filming was done.’
- ‘The Cold War was over, colonialism was history, an era of global peace and prosperity seemed imminent.’
- ‘Parliamentary democracy was a great adventure, but it may soon be history.’
- ‘Plain vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ripple will soon be history.’
- ‘Soon enough, your office outbursts will be history, and you'll be closer to your ideal performance state.’
- ‘Smoking by staff and inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre will soon be history.’
- ‘By 1905, Oldsmobile was the largest car manufacturer in the world, but soon it will be history.’
- ‘What Amato is talking about is history as far as the department is concerned.’
- ‘In the early 90s everyone thought IBM was completely over: mainframes were history!’
- ‘The lost year is history and not relevant for future calculations of whether hard bargaining will pay off.’
- 1.1informal Used to indicate imminent departure, dismissal, or death:‘an inch either way and you'd be history’
- ‘Once we were history he retreated into his fantasy world in one of the most bizarre ways I've ever seen.’
- ‘Sorry we missed it, but a fellow at the next table assured us that Waite would soon be history.’
- ‘I held the eviction threats that said Saturday's Grave had better pay up soon, or we would be history.’
- ‘Lawson resigned in disgust, and a year later Thatcher was history too.’
- ‘By the third issue, the original editor, publisher and a number of other key personnel were history.’
- ‘Unless Jacob tops Kevin in the kissing department, he should be history by tomorrow.’
- ‘If Brown doesn't step it up soon, he'll be history.’
- ‘Mr. Deendayal Dilkush, that unhealthy, lethargic man of mundane existence would soon be history.’
- ‘Rope Coiler-in-Chief was history, as was Crow's Nest Lad, Cook and Bin-Bag Wanger.’
- ‘Last week he was history, with the board of the quango deciding it was time for a change.’
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