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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slang Something that is very outdated or totally forgotten (often in favor of a more recent development).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.
See also: ancient, history
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They are so closely tied that the reader begins to associate the source of the Ents' power with their ancientness. This theme is certainly prevalent in the Kalevala, and again we may see another instance of the way Tolkien derived his creative ethic from this Finnish source.
Third and last, I use the word "mythology" in a somewhat special sense, namely "all of the texts that one tribal narrator tells in the order the narrator arranges and tells them;" a mythology is one narrator's full oral book of ancientness. To me, this is a promising but largely neglected notion on tribal mythology.
For instance, in the case of Cape Breton tourism, if the island is rearticulated as a "seat of ancient culture," as the provincial tour guide insists, whose ancientness is being referred to?
(15) In spite of the sense of ancientness or time depth that the building evokes, it is, at the same time, strikingly contemporary and, therefore, an even more appropriate representation of Native cultures.
with rarity and ancientness, its peculiar rituals, locale, and
Like every other pensioner, his phone was given to him five years ago by someone who was embarrassed at its ancientness. So he's unable to carry it in his pocket because it's like a brick wrapped in an imitation leather pouch as big as a bank robber's mask.
And, however fascinating it may be to debate the claims to primacy of Oxford and Bologna (both eclipsed in ancientness, of course, by Al-Ahzar, Nalanda, and Taxila), looking for a point of historical origin tends likewise to obscure the sense of urgency that should attend any statement of a university's role, particularly at a time when--at least in Britain--it is under such threat.
Not only was judicial torture therefore useful, it could also be justified by the ancientness and universality of its use.
Equally, while the sense of ancientness is perhaps an aspect of every empire's claim to legitimacy, the balance between past and present shifts when decline sets in.
The ancientness of the historical period under investigation lends itself to a material focus, based on trade and regional/local consumption patterns.
He misses the sense of "history and ancientness" that he finds in European university towns.
For example, France's history has been neatly encapsulated by Tony Judt, who stresses "the sheer ancientness and unbroken continuity of France and the French state ...
Now he lies quiet "in the heart of the country, slowly sinking into the ancientness of it, making it mine, grain by grain, blending my white grains with its many black ones" (130).
Unlike, for instance, the triangular scenario of the Prose Lancelot that 'emits no ring of ancientness', (19) since it presents the Queen's lover as being one of her husband's own knights, Guinevere's lover in Diu Crone bears a greater resemblance to the supernatural prince of more ancient lore in which Guinevere is 'a fairy queen ravished from her supernatural husband by Arthur of this world, and therefore subject to raids which the other world would regard as rescues, but which to the Arthurian world [...] appear as abductions' (Webster, p.