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live in the past

Definition of live in the past in English:

1Have old-fashioned or outdated ideas and attitudes.
Example sentences
  • Those who wish to live in the past and apply outdated labels to all Northern Ireland fans are the real bigots.
  • ‘I say to those who want to live in the past - you stay in the past, we are moving on,’ said Mr Duncan Smith.
  • Mrs Barnie continued: ‘I understand the parish council has their own rules, but I think they are living in the past.’
1.1Dwell on or reminisce at length about past events.
Example sentences
  • She needed to stop living in the past and stop wallowing in past sorrows.
  • Many people live in the past, over and over again, and they never catch up with the present.
  • Yet the greatest obstacles to achieving are a lack of self belief, living in the past and a desire to be perfect.
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