way back

way back

A relatively long time ago, especially when recalling something that is not the case now. Primarily heard in UK. I used to really like this band way back, but now that I'm older, they just sound silly to me. Way back, there were only a few channels on TV. Now there seem to be thousands!
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ˈway back

(informal) a long time ago: We’ve known each other since way back.I first met her way back in the fifties.
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He says that they saw the church as the way back past the original expulsion.
THIS week will see an army of mums hoping to find their way back into the workplace, with bills to pay and youngsters now at school.
A SOUTH Wales architect managed to battle his way back from Kiev by using every means of transport available - apart from a plane.
Bruce is prepared to go manager-to-manager with Trapattoni to see if there is a way back because Reid's form has been a revelation this season, and a strict fitness regime has given the 27-year-old a slimline figure.
I made my way back to the entrance of the covered arcade, looking back over my shoulder at the red-lanterned wonderland that I was leaving behind.
Worker starts eliminating matrices A on the way down, and master eliminates matrices C on the way back up.
57) Women who engaged in illict sex were barred from both; the sisterhoods, with their ideology of spiritual motherhood and mystical family ties, offered a way back into a family structure through a transitional structure, the 'home' of the penitentiary.