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I am looking for an expression (proverb / idiom) meaning "pulling out something from the past" in disapproval.

An example of this would be: somebody mentioning a thing of the past, which is not relevant anymore. Do we have a proverb / idiom with this meaning?

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I find this unintelligible. Do you have a friend who speaks English and can rephrase this so it makes sense? –  John M. Landsberg Apr 1 '13 at 6:10
    
Hello Mr. Landesberg: I have tried to rephrase the question. Have I made it better? –  eeerahul Apr 1 '13 at 6:15
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@JohnM.Landsberg - I think he means to say that someone pulls "something" out from the past to quote in a conversation or otherwise but that "something" doesn't hold any relevance in the present or in the context. Sort of a meaningless anecdote. –  Mohit Apr 1 '13 at 6:22
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Mr. Landesberg, you are correct. –  eeerahul Apr 1 '13 at 6:33
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Mr. Landesberg was a talented comedian and actor, first name of Steve, who unfortunately passed away in 2010. I'm Landsberg (without the first "e"), my good fellow, but John will do. ;) –  John M. Landsberg Apr 1 '13 at 21:45

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The only things that spring to mind are these:

"That's a dead issue."

or

"I thought that was dead and buried."

and

"Stop beating a dead horse," or, "You're just beating a dead horse."

Somewhat related to this might be:

"That was old when Moses was a boy."

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One might say the person is "Digging up bones" or "Raking up the past" or failing to "let it die".

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Some other suggestions, which might suit according to different contexts:

Don't drag that up again / He's always dragging that up.

or

That's old hat.

or

Stop raking over stuff.

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