What does water under the bridge mean?


Idiom Meaning:

prior events that are no longer important


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Old School (2003)

Time of Scene: ~00:16:10

Frank: So what’s up?

Marissa: Oh nothing much. I was kind of hoping we might get to do those thank you notes tomorrow night.

Frank: Oh honey, I’ve got Mitch’s thing tomorrow night.

Marissa: Oh that’s right. I totally forgot.

Frank: But I can skip it.

Marissa: Oh, no. No, don’t be silly. I mean, I wouldn’t want you changing your whole life just for me. But you know what, I’ll give Laura a call and we’ll plan a girl’s night. It’ll be fun.

Frank: Thanks. You’re the best.

Marissa: Just as long as you promise to take it easy, you know.

Frank: What do you mean?

Marissa: You know exactly what I mean. You’ve come a long way since Frank the Tank and we don’t want him coming back now, do we?

Frank: Honey, Frank the Tank is not coming back, okay? That part of me is over. It’s water under the bridge. I promise.

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Suits “Discovery” (2011)

Time of Scene: ~00:31:40

Mike Ross: You tried to blackmail me with a fake drug test.

Louis Litt: Yeah, but it didn’t work. You defeated me.

Mike Ross: So?

Louis Litt: So it’s water under the bridge.

Mike Ross: No, no no, not water under the bridge. Louis, you can’t do that to people and expect them to forget about it and move on.

Louis Litt: They should.

Mike Ross: Would you?


The Big Lebowski (1998)

Time of Scene: ~00:19:00

The Dude: And you know he’s got emotional problems, man.

Walter Sobchak: You mean, beyond pacifism?

The Dude: He’s fragile. He’s very fragile.

Walter Sobchak: I did not know that. Well, it’s all water under the bridge. And we do enter the next round robin. Am I wrong?

The Dude: No, you’re not wrong.

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