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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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South Korea

Back in the day, I was crasy about the cross-stich.  So I have many products. But now I don't do it. It is very hard to do after work.

09:32 AM Apr 23 2009 |



Russian Federation

Back in the day, I hated learning English. Especially the years of  school and university. But it is one my favorite pastime now. 

09:31 AM Apr 23 2009 |



before some time

09:24 AM Apr 23 2009 |



back in the day,   I hadn't got many friends. But now they are many.


09:19 AM Apr 23 2009 |




Back in the day,sexuality was everything for me..now ı understanding that actually sex is not aim,only means…ı advise marriage everyone  for realizing this genuine..marriage arranges to people s life and shows them real purposes in their life…at the same time people live more comfortable with orderly sexlife…

08:25 AM Apr 23 2009 |




what we had been doing in the past and what we are doing now

08:10 AM Apr 23 2009 |



Back in the day  i always thought about the learning english…...



08:08 AM Apr 23 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

back in the day we were never scared of anything …n future was always so far .. :D

07:26 AM Apr 23 2009 |




06:35 AM Apr 23 2009 |




BACK  in  the  day ,i always playded  web games  with  classmates ,but now there are all out of mine

06:20 AM Apr 23 2009 |




the period of time in the past

05:57 AM Apr 23 2009 |



Back in the day, we had much time playing but no time learning. We didn't know what we were doing.


04:19 AM Apr 23 2009 |




Back in a day, I used to have ample of time hanging with my peeps but now I’m so busy.

02:52 AM Apr 23 2009 |




Back in a day , we express this slang that happened in a past but it's no longer existed nowadays.


02:49 AM Apr 23 2009 |




Back in the day,I made use of steroids,It was good to me,because I reached my goals and now I just keep what I got ;)

12:49 AM Apr 23 2009 |




I saw all the movies this guy,he is pretty gross in his movies! hehehe

I thought cool he says that used yet steroids,many "maulers" make use of steroids without any rules and this is very bad for their health…The Rock is here talking about this subject openly and this is really cool :)

12:45 AM Apr 23 2009 |

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