Definition of live in the past in English:

live in the past

phrase

  • 1Have old-fashioned or outdated ideas and attitudes.

    • ‘Those of us who argued from the start that the single currency was misconceived, and that membership would be a disaster, were dismissed by the Prime Minister as xenophobes who were living in the past.’
    • ‘Mrs Barnie continued: ‘I understand the parish council has their own rules, but I think they are living in the past.’’
    • ‘He says they are living in the past by what he calls ‘banging on’ about nominal interest rates 13 years ago.’
    • ‘There was a BBC discussion about Time zones today - with the thread that unless we synchronised with the rest of Europe we were living in the past and that trade and the economy suffered.’
    • ‘The Scottish Football Association are living in the past and they do not have any concept of equality.’
    • ‘Those who wish to live in the past and apply outdated labels to all Northern Ireland fans are the real bigots.’
    • ‘Policy-makers will be accused of living in the past and using the wrong instruments to stimulate the Scottish economy.’
    • ‘‘I say to those who want to live in the past - you stay in the past, we are moving on,’ said Mr Duncan Smith.’
    • ‘The Minister is still living in the past and as a result we are not gaining the jobs we should have.’
    • ‘It would be wrong to assume that Christians are all fuddy-duddies living in the past who are completely against embracing the power of advertising.’
    1. 1.1 Dwell on or reminisce at length about past events.
      • ‘Later in the book it mentions people's habit of living in the past all the time instead of concentrating on the present and the future.’
      • ‘Yet the greatest obstacles to achieving are a lack of self belief, living in the past and a desire to be perfect.’
      • ‘She needed to stop living in the past and stop wallowing in past sorrows.’
      • ‘Many people live in the past, over and over again, and they never catch up with the present.’
      • ‘Sometimes people waste their own time by living in the past.’