the year dot

the year dot

The beginning of time; an extremely long time ago; the distant past. Our family line has presided over this land from the year dot. Giant sea turtles have been coming to this part of the island to mate since the year dot.
See also: dot, year

year dot

An unspecified date in time that occurred long ago, usually used in the phrases "since year dot" and "from year dot." My grandmother always says that she's loved cooking since year dot, but my grandfather is quick to point out that she hated cooking when they first met.
See also: dot, year

the year dot

a very long time ago. British informal
1998 Spectator From the year dot there has been an uneasy relationship between press and police.
See also: dot, year
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Pamela Burn: "Get a grip there's been parties in Jesmond since the year dot, and we never hurt a living soul
From the year dot, there are people who've always been on the breadline.
You can research information on pedigrees going back to the year dot.
I have been brought from the year dot that the ball should be played on the deck, and stuff like that.
Steve added: "The judge may have been expecting a more traditional scene of a table covered in a pristine cloth with a wine bottle, but we've been doing traditional since the year dot.
The following is a tribute paid to her by another Fartown stalwart, Trevor Kaye: "Nancy seemed to be around since the year dot, and the first recollection of her was serving tea coffee and pies in the tea hut situated behind the goals at the scoreboard end of the old Fartown ground.
He allows evil to take place in the world because he honours men's free will which he has done so since the year dot when he allowed Adam to disobey him.
Oldest swinger was Birnie Lees who has been taking part since the year dot.
The 86-year-old actress, who has five children (a sixth, daughter Chloe, born prematurely, died at 16 days) and six grandchildren, took time off to finish Before The Year Dot, an autobiography tracing her early years, but will be re-appearing in the hit soap in December - although she can't reveal any festive plotlines.
Mum-of-six June, whose autobiography Before The Year Dot is out this week, said: "I am disappointed it didn't go the way I expected - in classical theatre.
The actress - who has played chainsmoker Dot Cotton (now Branning) since the BBC1 soap began in 1985 - tells the story in the first extract from her moving book, Before The Year Dot.
But Tom is also planning to do something else that's rather brilliant, donating one of his own kidneys to Grantly Budgen - a man's who's been on the waiting list for a sense of humour transplant since the year dot.
I love sport and it has been part of my life since the year dot.
The people who have been here since the year dot are the club and they keep the values and winning desire at the forefront of everything we do.
We are improving and it will take time, but we've got to aspire to being like Everton who have been in the Premier League since the year dot.