water under the bridge

Definition

The idiom ‘water under the bridge’ is a metaphor used to refer to events and experiences that have already happened and are now in the past.

Examples

It’s all water under the bridge now, no use worrying about it.

Let’s just agree to disagree and move on, it’s water under the bridge.

Origin

This idiom originated in the 1600s, when it was used to refer to a river that had been crossed and could no longer be undone.

FAQs

What does ‘water under the bridge’ mean?

The phrase ‘water under the bridge’ is a metaphor for events or experiences that have already occurred and can’t be changed.