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long ago

A time well before the present, the distant past. For example, I read that book long ago, or The battles of long ago were just as fierce. [Second half of 1300s]
See also: ago, long

long ago

1. At a time or during a period well before the present: I read that book long ago.
2. A time well before the present: heroes of long ago.
See also: ago, long
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IN THE GARRET Four little chests all in a row, Dim with dust, and worn by time, All fashioned and filled, long ago, By children now in their prime.
Here were poor streets where faded gentility essayed with scanty space and shipwrecked means to make its last feeble stand, but tax-gatherer and creditor came there as elsewhere, and the poverty that yet faintly struggled was hardly less squalid and manifest than that which had long ago submitted and given up the game.
She had thought that of course Tom had deserted long ago, and she wondered at seeing him place himself in her power again in this intrepid way.
When you came into the Temple last night--" said I, pausing to wonder whether that could really have been last night, which seemed so long ago.
On this first occasion of his producing it, I recalled how he had made me swear fidelity in the churchyard long ago, and how he had described himself last night as always swearing to his resolutions in his solitude.
I am anxious about him and glad he is taking this trip abroad which the doctors recommended long ago.
If, moreover, they had been the progenitors of these orders, they would almost certainly have been long ago supplanted and exterminated by their numerous and improved descendants.
For this reason, principally, the two gentlemen concurred, as we have seen above, in their opinion concerning the two lads; this being, indeed, almost the only instance of their concurring on any point; for, beside the difference of their principles, they had both long ago strongly suspected each other's design, and hated one another with no little degree of inveteracy.
It was long ago remarked by Grotius, that nothing but the hatred of his countrymen to the house of Austria kept them from being ruined by the vices of their constitution.
Notwithstanding the calamities produced by the stadtholdership, it has been supposed that without his influence in the individual provinces, the causes of anarchy manifest in the confederacy would long ago have dissolved it.
BONNY Beamish by the Tyne, houses all our yesterdays How people lived so long ago, their work, their lives, their ways.
THE RECENT amusing stories of long ago such as those sent in by David Prichard and Barbara MacArthur make a welcome change to the doom and gloom ones from local councillors who seem to regard Feedback as their own stage on which to hurl insults.
Voltron From Days of Long Ago is especially notable for its reconstruction of the story and mythology of the Voltron universe, from legends about Voltron's origin to profiles of Voltron pilots and their nefarious enemies, the conquest-driven Drule empire.
When pressed on whether she slept with the 63-year-old talk show host, she joked: "It was so long ago I can't remember.
Long ago, giant space rocks hit the Moon and blasted out huge, round craters.