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What does "Water under the bridge" mean?

Posted by Word Camel on May 06, 2002

In Reply to: What does "Water under the bridge" mean? posted by eatfiber on May 06, 2002

: What does "Water under the bridge" mean?

It means that something is in the past and no longer important.

"My sister and I fought when we were children, but that's water under the bridge."

I think the analogy is that water under the bridge is constantly moving toward the sea. That's a little abstract, so you might also imagine dropping a leaf into the water from atop a bridge. By watching the leaf float down river you'd be witnessing the progress of the water.