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(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.
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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slang Something that is very outdated or totally forgotten (often in favor of a more recent development).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

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
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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.
See also: 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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: ancient, hill
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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.
See also: ancient, history
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China, on the other hand, appears to favor restoring a Chinese sphere of influence in East and Southeast Asia such as the Middle Kingdom enjoyed anciently. Under this arrangement, the rules of international interaction would reflect basic Chinese interests.
[Hardy] cleverly sets the heated immediacy of the lovers' plight against the cold permanence of the effigies, the heat of their passion against the "frigid stone" of "stately husbands and wives, side by side as they anciently slept.
"The Asian lineage leading to First Americans is the most anciently diverged, whereas the Asian lineages that contributed some of the DNA to Eskimo-Aleut speakers and the Na-Dene-speaking Chipewyan from Canada are more closely related to present-day East Asian populations."
He says, "Thirty families choose every year a magistrate, who was anciently called the Syphogrant, but is now called the Philarch." Then "over every ten Syphogrant, with the families subject to them, there is another magistrate, who was anciently called the Tranibor, but of late the Archphilarch." This is very much similar to the Headman (Philarch) and the Chief-Headman (Archpilarch) system in ancient Sri Lanka.
(5) Guo Moruo, while maintaining the view of a relation to <[??]>, has instead claimed simply that "anciently, sui <[??]> and yue <[??]> were to begin with a single character and word" [??].
The clincher is the added observation to the effect that because determinism is true, antecedent conditions never are otherwise, in which case the technical truth of agent proximal counterfactuals about how choices could have been otherwise had their antecedents been otherwise does not amount to anything the agent can get her hands on in order to alter her (anciently determined) experience.
And, why not in this manner this temple composed by astrological figures, that after Ages might apprehend, it was anciently consecrated to Calus or Calum Heaven?
He is also cited in the entries for the verb to gloam, for clash-clash (idle gossip), for werewolf in the sense of "A puny child or an ill-grown person of whatever age", and for fairy-hillocks, "verdant knolls [...] from the vulgar idea that these were anciently inhabited by the fairies, or that they used to dance there".
The idea that Tennessee Williams's work was apolitical is one of those canards meant to make great artists neutral in the world according to a willfully shallow measure that seeks to disconnect all art from the world--especially great art--so the rulers can go on with their anciently normal practice of exploiting and oppressing the majority of people.
Similarly this was used to give ideal child birth anciently pre organized Matter ,time, action process and adequate mineral component with controlled sound and air has been the pre operative time for an ideal child birth.
Scott explains in the introductory notes to the poem that he drew on the 'customs and manners which anciently prevailed on the Borders of England and Scotland' (i.e., old Danelaw territory), which he has worked into a poetical framework akin to 'the Ancient Metrical Romance'.
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.
to 12:30 p.m., the lecture and discussion, "The Land of Unlikeness: How does the Gospel of Mark relate to the Christian assembly, anciently and today?" will be in the library, Room 203, at Northwest Christian University at 1188 Kincaid St.