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Idioms and Phrases with time was

time was

Formerly, in the past, as in Time was, the city streets were perfectly safe at night. [Mid-1500s]

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  • The child's foot treading lightly over the graves is the type of the time-is triumphing over the time-was.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

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