I wrote this sentence -

Now I can’t see those custom. They seem to have gone into the wrapper of bygone time.

Do you think "go into the wrapper of bygone time" works here? I didn't find any reference, so may be I am the first one to write this. So native speakers, do you think it's understandable?

What I wanted to mean - "go into the wrapper of bygone time" = "go into past"

  • Are you trying to say that you don't see those customs observed anymore, that they were only observed in the past? (Note the plural "customs", by the way.)
    – godel9
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 17:32
  • Yes. That is exactly what I am trying to say. (good catch, "customs". Thanks) Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 17:34
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    ...a relatively common (if somewhat informal) usage is consigned to the dustbin of history Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 17:49
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    The wrapper? What's the wrapper?
    – user230
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 21:05
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    Another common idiom that you could use is "lost in the mists of time". But this and the "dustbin of history" are so overused they have become cliche's, and I wouldn't recommend either one for English learners.
    – The Photon
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 3:23

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I assume what you want to write is that there were some customs (possibly old) that are no longer observed by people possibly because they have been forgotten.

I also assume that by using "gone into the wrapper of bygone time" you wanted your text to be a little poetic.

Now to answer you:

You did not find any reference because this is not a known or recorded metaphor in English language. You are the inventor of it. I see no grammatical error in it but at the same time I don't see a practical use of it nor see it getting accepted by English users.

I believe(though I am not sure) that you came up with it when you translated a metaphor used in your local language.

Some good alternatives:

  • lost in time
  • forgotten in time
  • There are some more possible alternatives in the comments. (You could include them in your answer, if you liked.)
    – user230
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 22:25

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