from time immemorial


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from/since time immemorial

  (literary)
for longer than anyone can remember Her family had farmed that land from time immemorial.
See also: immemorial, time
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I have understood," said I, "that efforts have been made for that purpose from time immemorial.
I said secretly, because the Fairy had warned the Queen that the King was a magician; and as from time immemorial there had been a standing feud between the Fairies and the Wizards, he might not have approved of his wife's visit.
For my own part, I should doubtless have belonged to the latter class, had I received instruction from but one master, or had I never known the diversities of opinion that from time immemorial have prevailed among men of the greatest learning.
Before Tarzan came upon his first visit, La had had no thought that such men as he existed, for she knew only her hideous little priests and the bulls of the tribe of great anthropoids that had dwelt from time immemorial in and about Opar, until they had come to be looked upon almost as equals by the Oparians.
There are a couple of torn volumes somewhere; they have been lying about from time immemorial," added Alexandra.
We ran round to Morecambe Bay, and landed the gold as we Rattrays had landed lace and brandy from time immemorial.
Weller concluded this moral tale, with which the fat boy appeared much affected, they all three repaired to the large kitchen, in which the family were by this time assembled, according to annual custom on Christmas Eve, observed by old Wardle's forefathers from time immemorial.
At others he will with his own hands tear down some other man's gate and declare that a path has existed there from time immemorial, defying the owner to prosecute him for trespass.
These and the rest of a shy man's troubles are always very amusing to other people, and have afforded material for comic writing from time immemorial.
From time immemorial the black pirates of Barsoom have preyed upon the Holy Therns.
In every Circular or Polygonal household it has been a habit from time immemorial -- and now has become a kind of instinct among the women of our higher classes -- that the mothers and daughters should constantly keep their eyes and mouths towards their husband and his male friends; and for a lady in a family of distinction to turn her back upon her husband would be regarded as a kind of portent, involving loss of STATUS.
This dark old square of canvas, my fair cousin," said he, "has been an heirloom in the Province House from time immemorial.
These are inhabited by as many distinct tribes of savages, who, although speaking kindred dialects of a common language, and having the same religion and laws, have from time immemorial waged hereditary warfare against each other.
This is a great tract of a hundred thousand acres, which from time immemorial has been a hunting preserve of the nobility.
It was a gloomy, dusty-looking apartment, such as journalists' offices have always been from time immemorial.