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back in the day

back in the day

Date: Apr 23 2009


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I tried steroids. Me and my buddies tried it back in the day. We didn’t know what we were doing.”

-Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, on using steroids to get bigger muscles. (BET)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

some time ago; a while back

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson looks like the kind of guy who was just born with arms the size of car tires. But of course, like anyone else, he had to work out hard to make his muscles as big as they are. Now it turns out that he had a little help…from steroids.

It’s pretty surprising to hear The Rock admit that he used steroids in the past. A lot of athletes have been getting in trouble recently for taking these drugs to help them build bigger muscles. But The Rock says he tried steroids back in the day. We use this expression to talk about a period in our lives that ended a long time ago. Usually, it’s a time we look back on fondly, like childhood. So by saying he tried steroids back in the day, The Rock is suggesting that he did it many years ago, when he was just a foolish young kid.

Remember, back in the day is a non-specific time. We wouldn’t say, “Back in the day last month I went to a really fun party,” because that refers to a specific event that happened pretty recently. But we can say, “Back in the day, I used to party all the time, but now I prefer to stay home and go to bed early.”

But if you do say that, your friends might wish they had known you back in the day, because you’re so boring now.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

Back in the day, I used to ski 3 or 4 times a week. Now I’m lucky if I go that many times a year.”

“Jessica was mean to me back in the day but now we’re friends.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

sofree It means "in the past", "back in the good old days" often means young or good time.
by sofree
ssabi in the past
by ssabi
lalobrown some time before the present. May refer to years, decades, generations,
by lalobrown
Tusik that time, then in the past
by Tusik
tanya_ua some time ago
by tanya_ua
Tarfah earlier or long ago ;)
by Tarfah
_Sasha_ in the past
by _Sasha_
shv_2005 back in the day .some time before
by shv_2005
Karenzzita in the past
by Karenzzita
blake84 the past day
by blake84
ciberd7 in the past
by ciberd7
cowboy53 in the past time
by cowboy53
mish@ at some time before the present
by mish@
Gellerke in the past
by Gellerke
emosch remember the old days XS
by emosch
Liaa in the past
by Liaa

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Back in the day ebaby! used to record their audio in 2 channels.

The sound came from just the left speaker. Please record in mono mode, if you record in stereo, after you done recording, you have to copy whats in the first channel to the second channel otherwise we just gonna hear from one speaker.


03:11 PM May 02 2009 |


Viet Nam

back in the day, i love my girl friend so much, she was the best thing i ever have. Now, she has gone away, i just want to see her another time …. in my life 

12:45 PM Apr 29 2009 |




Back in the days Iused to be more stupid..

05:23 PM Apr 28 2009 |




back in the day that i went to school with my best friends and shared everything with them…it's nice!!! now,i work alone in another city,but i never lose in touch with them,,,so miss your guys!!!

02:42 AM Apr 27 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

    i used to go out every day  but  now i prefer stay  at home  and study english baby

06:43 PM Apr 26 2009 |




Back in the way everything was pure and full of honesty, nowadays it is just viceversaSmile

03:19 PM Apr 26 2009 |



Back in the day I can't read English but now I can do it well, thanks english, baby!

01:42 PM Apr 26 2009 |


Russian Federation

 back in the day I lliked to dance but now its not my hobby

11:42 AM Apr 26 2009 |




Back  in the day i was secretive..i couldn t share my little stories or problems with my friends or siblings ..for me it was kind of weakness..but nowadays it is more easy and sometimes comfortable to talk with friends..

09:29 AM Apr 26 2009 |




well ,does it means “in the past”

02:40 PM Apr 25 2009 |




back in the day,i hope everybody is honest.

05:28 AM Apr 25 2009 |



back in the day .how simple we are!  now everythings changed. some of them drifty part, they become stranger.adn the others growing ,

02:21 AM Apr 25 2009 |




I used to get disapointed with people back in the day but now I dont expect too much after all nobody is perfect. 

10:30 PM Apr 24 2009 |



Back in the days I used to think earning money is a great success.
But now I realised that it’s not earning money that make us successful but success is measure in terms of our relationship with other human being.

09:14 PM Apr 24 2009 |



Back in the days I used to think earning money is a great success.

But now I realised that it's not earning money that make us successful but success is measure in terms of our relationship with other human being.

09:13 PM Apr 24 2009 |

victor manuel sanchez



i use this expression when i want to express something that happened to me during the day and it was boring oer insatisfed 


09:08 PM Apr 24 2009 |



Back in the day, I used to go to bed very late, but now I sleep at 10 o'clock pm. 

05:36 PM Apr 24 2009 |




Back in the day, I used to imply slangs and expression by my own wth the odds to be totally wrong or making a misunderstanding. Now, English baby is helping me to improve my english approachment and it´s stunning!

04:37 PM Apr 24 2009 |

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