Definition of be history in English:

be history


  • 1Be perceived as no longer relevant to the present.

    ‘the mainframe is already 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By 1905, Oldsmobile was the largest car manufacturer in the world, but soon it will be history.’
    • ‘The lost year is history and not relevant for future calculations of whether hard bargaining will pay off.’
    • ‘Parliamentary democracy was a great adventure, but it may soon be history.’
    • ‘Plain vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ripple will soon be history.’
    • ‘In the early 90s everyone thought IBM was completely over: mainframes were history!’
    • ‘The Cold War was over, colonialism was history, an era of global peace and prosperity seemed imminent.’
    • ‘What Amato is talking about is history as far as the department is concerned.’
    1. 1.1informal Used to indicate imminent departure, dismissal, or death.
      ‘an inch either way and you'd be history’
      • ‘By the third issue, the original editor, publisher and a number of other key personnel were 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I held the eviction threats that said Saturday's Grave had better pay up soon, or we would be history.’
      • ‘Mr. Deendayal Dilkush, that unhealthy, lethargic man of mundane existence would soon be 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.’
      • ‘Lawson resigned in disgust, and a year later Thatcher was history too.’