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ancient history

slang Something that is very outdated or totally forgotten (often in favor of a more recent development). Oh, Jack is ancient history, we broke up weeks ago! Her interest in photography is ancient history now that she's started doing yoga.
See also: ancient, history

(as) ancient as the hills

Very old. Oh, she's ancient as the hills, she can't hear us. Why don't we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as ancient as the hills.
See also: ancient, hill

the Ancient of Days

A name for the Christian God, as used in Daniel 7:9 in the Bible. So many people get lost in the consumer frenzy of Christmas that they forget to celebrate it as the moment when the Ancient of Days came to Earth in human form.
See also: ancient, days, of

ancient history

Fig. someone or something from so long ago as to be completely forgotten or no longer important, as a former relationship. Bob? I never think about Bob anymore. He's ancient history. His interest in joining the army is now ancient history.
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ancient history

A past event, as in She's talking about her sea voyage, but that's ancient history, or And then there was his divorce, but you don't want to hear ancient history. This hyperbolic idiom transfers the field of ancient history to a much-repeated tale.
See also: ancient, history

the ancient of Days

a biblical title for God, taken from Daniel 7:9.
See also: ancient, days, of

ancient (or old) as the hills

of very long standing or very great age.
Hills are used in the Bible as a metaphor for permanence.
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ancient history

n. someone or something completely forgotten, especially past romances. (see also history.) That business about joining the army is ancient history.
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Islands 264 Their arms were anciently the Glaymore, [etc.
His work, A dissertation on the pageants or dramatic mysteries anciently performed at Coventry, opened a rich and largely uncharted realm of scholarly research.
Through his respective analyses of their anciently assumed prerogatives and priorities, Pines exposes unexamined tensions in the kingship ideologies of each of these groups.
As a matter of fact, when we think of India, it will come to our minds that the anciently historic country is very diverse in its impressions and images.
the lecture and discussion, "The Land of Unlikeness: How does the Gospel of Mark relate to the Christian assembly, anciently and today?
This country was anciently so renowned for knowledge and wisdom that the philosophers of Greece did not disdain totravel there for their improvement.
Among the studies is whether Tartessos, spoken anciently in southwestern Iberia, was a Celtic language.
Bast was used anciently for respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, malaria, and throat/lung infections.
the part [of France] most anciently and vigorously assimilated to the Nation" for being free of "the same preoccupations about identity [preoccupations identitaires]" (p.
It hath beene anciently held, and observed, that the Sense of Hearing and the Kindes of Musicke, have most Operation on manners .
There he writes: "All the forms of Status taken notice of in the Law of Persons were derived from, and to some extent are still coloured by, the powers and privileges anciently residing in the Family.
a suppositious pedigree, a silver mug on which an anciently engraved coat-of-arms has been half scrubbed out, a seal with an uncertain crest, an old yellow letter or document, in faded ink, the more scarcely legible the better--rubbish of this kind .
that the races have descended from one known source is far clearer than with any other anciently domesticated animal" (p.
To the god Terminus, or Boundary, [the Romans] offer to this day both public and private sacrifices, upon the borders and stone-marks of their land; living victims now, though anciently those sacrifices were solemnized without blood; for Numa reasoned that the god of boundaries, who watched over peace, and testified to fair dealing, should have no concern with blood.
The nearby West Bank town of Beit El =96 anciently called Bethel, meaning "house of God" =96 is where Scripture says the patriarch Jacob slept on a stone pillow and dreamed of angels ascending and descending a stairway to heaven.