Definition of water under the bridge in English:

water under the bridge

(North American water over the dam)


  • Used to refer to events that are in the past and consequently no longer to be regarded as important.

    ‘I don't want to talk about that—it's all water under the bridge now’
    • ‘It is just water under the bridge now, I suppose.’
    • ‘It's all water under the bridge now and I don't have any bitterness, but I'm convinced that it's difficult to claim there's no connection.’
    • ‘As far as the bad blood goes, I think it should be water under the bridge.’
    • ‘While what's past is past and there's no use crying about water under the bridge, it does appear that this decision may have been a mistake on my part.’
    • ‘After that it was all water under the bridge and they were friends again.’
    • ‘Past fiscal decisions are water over the dam, given the national government's priority for addressing recession in a timely manner.’
    • ‘I spoke to both artists about that incident right after today's announcement, and for them it's been cleared up and it's just water under the bridge.’
    • ‘But that's water under the bridge at this point.’
    • ‘And when you get together with him is it water under the bridge or do you still continue to talk about the things that you guys have been through and how have you fixed that relationship?’
    • ‘It's all water under the bridge and if it hadn't happened, we wouldn't have seen the great feat of engineering that we have in the city today.’