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back in the day | back in the old days

This page is about the conversational phrase back in the day | back in the old days

Meaning

You can say this if you're talking about a time long ago, or a time much earlier in your life.

For example

  • "Back in the day, all phones were connected to phone lines. We couldn't carry one around back then."

  • "Back in the old days, people rode horses. They didn't have cars back then."

Note:
Also "back then"

Quick Quiz

"Back in the day" or "back in the old days" could mean

a. 52 weeks ago

b. 52 years ago

c. 52 days ago

Contributor: Matt Errey