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time immemorial

Also, time out of mind. Long ago, beyond memory or recall, as in These ruins have stood here since time immemorial, or His office has been on Madison Avenue for time out of mind. The first expression comes from English law, where it signifies "beyond legal memory," specifically before the reign of Richard I (1189-1199), fixed as the legal limit for bringing certain kinds of lawsuit. By about 1600 it was broadened to its present sense of "a very long time ago." The variant, first recorded in 1432, uses mind in the sense of "memory" or "recall."
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Although the Fleur-de-Lis was from time immemorial used in ornamentation of crowns and scepters, it seems to have been first formally adopted as the Arms of Royalty in France by Louis VII, called Lejeune, in 1147.
The note, however, mentioned that several other agreements with Indian companies and investors, some of which are of much higher value, are in effect and it is sincerely believed that termination of a single business contract on " valid legal grounds would not hinder the time immemorial good relations between us".
However, since time immemorial, those males who have power, influence or money have exploited females who are powerless, poor and vulnerable.
The six-furlong course at Ascot, when the weather has been playing games, has been making fools of the best local jockeys since time immemorial.
With spring here, a device that's been around since time immemorial is being honored -- it's National Umbrella Month.
As a community, we have relied on wild salmon since time immemorial and it is deeply disturbing to hear the horrific news that this deadly virus ISA has been found in wild salmon.
Renowned from time immemorial as a hub for creativity and ideas, it is my great joy to see that Bahrain upholds the tradition even today," said Aaref Hejres, CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq.
In Twice Over's case, no six-year-old has claimed the International since time immemorial, while a slight negative for Midday is the fact she has yet to win a Group One against the opposite sex.
STORYTELLERS, especially those specialised in the paranormal, have been around since time immemorial.
What it used to be, from time immemorial, was a lively, bustling Market town but no more.
We want to tell the Central Government in New Delhi that the matter today is not about the Kashmir that belongs to us because it has been only ours since time immemorial.
Beknazarov and Turgunaliev spoke against Alamanov and accused the latter of being involved into illegal handover of the land that belonged to the Kyrgyz people from time immemorial to the neighboring countries, particularly Karkyra and Uzenghi-Kuush.
With critical habitat designation and a recovery plan, jaguars will have a chance to roam once again through the southwestern lands they've inhabited since time immemorial," Robinson added.
It has been part of Mediterranean and Spanish culture for time immemorial.
Glasgow has moved to cement its status as a regional curry capital and is chasing official recognition as home of the tikka masala since time immemorial.