a while back


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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.
See also: back, while
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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.
See also: back, while
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