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Blast from the Past

Today’s idiom is blast from the past. The word blast means a violent gust of wind or an explosion or a loud noise. I would say that a blast from the past is something or someone who makes you remember your past. The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, describes blast from the past as:

Something that you experience which surprises you because it has been a very long time since you experienced it and you had almost forgotten about it.

Photographs, a telephone call from an old friend, your old clothes or an old song on the radio can all be
blasts from the past. I decided to take a look at this idiom because I recently read an article entitled:

Blast from the Past has Merkel on the Defensive (Spiegel Online International, 26 August 2011, Charles Hawley)

This article describes how the current German Chancellor, and her party were publicly criticized by Helmut Kohl, a former German chancellor. In this article, Kohl was the
blast from the past - an old chancellor who was criticizing a current leader and events.

Drive-In Theater Delivers Blast from the Past (Houston Chronicle, 31 August 2011, Bran Kirk)
Disco Nights Offers Blast from the Past (thecalifornian.com)
Blast from the Past: Son of Humphrey Bogart, Bacall Looks Back in Time at the Plaza Classic Film Festival (elpasotimes.com, 8 June 2011, Doug Pullen)

Have you had any blasts from the past recently?

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