Definition of the old days in US English:

the old days


  • A period in the past, often seen as significantly different from the present, especially noticeably better or worse.

    ‘it was easier in the old days’
    ‘we are less confident than in the good old days’
    ‘the bad old days of incoherence and irresponsibility’
    • ‘In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.’
    • ‘She had a good recall of the old days and enjoyed sharing those memories with friends.’
    • ‘It wasn't like this in the old days: they cared so much about the art they had riots and everything.’
    • ‘In the bad old days, some companies were little more than legalised charlatans.’
    • ‘In the old days, he explains, they learned gardening from the elders of their tribe.’
    • ‘Molly had some great memories of the old days to recall and share with family and friends.’
    • ‘Harriet recalls the good old days when they gave you the plot three times in the half-hour episode.’
    • ‘Let's try to enjoy today more and maybe we will miss the good old days less.’
    • ‘In the old days, only the aged could afford the trip; now the affluent young want a taste, too.’
    • ‘It's like small town hospitals used to be back in the old days, modest, but complete and perfect.’