had its day, has

Is no longer useful or popular or successful, as in Some people think the railroad has had its day. This expression is the antonym of have its (or one's) day, meaning “to experience success or prosperity,” as in Every dog has its day, a proverb dating from the 16th century. Both terms use day in the sense of “a propitious or opportune time.”


Nearby words

  1. hacky sack,
  2. had,
  3. had better,
  4. had enough,
  5. had it,
  6. had one's fill,
  7. had rather,
  8. had we but world enough, and time, / this coyness, lady, were no crime,
  9. had, to be,
  10. hadal

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