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a while back

At some point in the past. I bought this dress a while back but have never had a chance to wear it.
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four score and seven years ago

Eighty-seven years ago. (A "score" is a set of 20 items.) The iconic first line of US President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the speech he delivered at the dedication of the national cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lincoln gave this speech in 1863—87 years after 1776, the year of the founding of the United States. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
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long ago

1. adverb At a point or during a period of time long before the present. I traveled to India so long ago that it feels like a distant dream now.
2. noun A point or period of time long before the present. His poetry is haunted by the myths and memories of long ago.
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many moons ago

A long time in the past. I used to be quite the athlete, many moons ago.
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a while back

Also, a while ago. Some time in the past, as in I ran into Barbara a while back but didn't get her new address, or John wrote me a while ago about his new baby. This term uses a while in the sense of "a short or moderate time," a usage dating from about 1300.
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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]
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many moons ago

a long time ago. informal
The reference here is to the phases of the moon marking out the months.
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many ˈmoons ago

(literary) a very long time ago: Many moons ago, when I was young...
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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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Especially in Hawthorne, it's more important to get the 'gist and swat' agoing than to slow up to get the written notes," Ives once said (Memos 191).
And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life; but now he was agoing to turn over a new leaf and be a man nobody wouldn't be ashamed of, and he hoped the judge would help him and not look down on him.
AGoing to the theatre with my step-mum when I was about four.
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Gary Lee, from administrators Begbies Traynor, said there was little interest in the business as agoing concern.
Huck takes the "pint" and uses it to modify his view of the master's mastery: Tom's most well, now, and got his bullet around his neck on a watch-guard for a watch, and is always seeing what time it is, and so there ain't nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I'd a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn't a tackled it and ain't agoing to no more.
Thngy you agoing to bfling must buson btting youown lif.
AGOING out with someone when you don't even like them is a pretty stupid idea.
The deal,for an undisclosed sum, enables the business to be sold as agoing concern and facilitates a seamless transfer of its operations.
We felt we did well at Ibrox but when we got back here, we got a bit of agoing over.