Definition of time was in US English:

time was

phrase

  • There was a time when.

    ‘time was, each street had its own specialized trade’
    • ‘Time was when the big man, a steamfitter by trade, would have thought it mad folly to come to Ed Massey's for anything but a haircut.’
    • ‘Time was when all you needed to get around in the chilly North was a fur coat, a wooden sled and a good team of dogs.’