blast from the past (plural blasts from the past)
- (colloquial, humorous, idiomatic) Something or someone that a person has not seen for a long time and that which evokes nostalgic feelings.
1981 May 9, Bill Lyon, “An Old Warhorse Still Has His Dream”, in The Evening Independent:
- Now there's a golden oldie, a blast from the past, when the heavyweight division was still strong and vibrant and unified (...)
1996 August 31, “Mr. Clinton's Bridge”, in The New York Times:
- In the process, he managed to make the Republican tax cut sound like a blast from the past.
2002, Hillary Frank, Better Than Running at Night, →ISBN, page 227:
- "Ellie!" he shouted. "What a blast from the past! This is just like old times, when you used to walk in that very door!"
2009 September 6, Jeff E. Schapiro, “Thesis fracas may not give Deeds the boost he needs”, in Richmond Times-Dispatch:
- But their early celebration was interrupted by a blast from the past: gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell's controversial 1989 graduate-school thesis (...)