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distant corner of the world

A far away and extremely remote foreign location. These events are not just the concern of some distant corner of the world; they will have an impact on each and every one of us. When I applied to study abroad, I envisaged myself living somewhere romantic like Paris or London, not this distant corner of the world.
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in the not-so-distant future

At a time not very far in the future. When I was growing up, we never would have believed you that we'd be using phones as powerful as computers in the not-so-distant future. The story is set in the not-so-distant future, when artificial intelligence has just begun to take control of our daily lives.
See also: future

in the not-too-distant future

At a time not very far in the future. When I was growing up, we never would have believed you that we'd be using phones as powerful as computers in the not-too-distant future. The story is set in the not-too-distant future, when artificial intelligence has just begun to take control of our daily lives.
See also: future

the (dim and) distant past

A time long ago in the past. It's easy to forget that, in the dim and distant past, these giant cities used to be nothing but fields and marshes. He's just a washed-up old drunk now, but he used to be a huge star in the distant past.
See also: distant, past

the not-too-distant future

A time not very far in the future. When I was growing up, we never would have believed you that we'd be using phones as powerful as computers in the not-too-distant future. The story is set in the not-too-distant future, when artificial intelligence has just begun to take control of our daily lives.
See also: future

the not-so-distant future

A time not very far in the future. When I was growing up, we never would have believed you that we'd be using phones as powerful as computers in the not-so-distant future. The story is set in the not-so-distant future, when artificial intelligence has just begun to take control of our daily lives.
See also: future

the not-too-distant past

A time not very long ago in the past. The city is a thriving metropolis now, but it was little more than a large village in the not-too-distant past. He used to be a fairly wealthy business tycoon in the not-too-distant past; the economic crash ruined him, though.
See also: past

the not-so-distant past

A time not very long ago in the past. The city is a thriving metropolis now, but it was little more than a large village in the not-so-distant past. He used to be a fairly wealthy business tycoon in the not-so-distant past; the economic crash ruined him, though.
See also: past

the (ˌdim and) ˌdistant ˈpast

a long time ago: stories from the distant past
See also: distant, past

in the not too ˌdistant ˈfuture

not a long time in the future; fairly soon: We’re thinking of having a baby in the not too distant future.
See also: distant, future, not
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Indeed, "by giving the impression, in a press release freely available to the public, that the applicant was, albeit distantly, associated with the embezzlement of funds in question, or that at the very least, was suspected of such crime, caused the applicant emotional distress, insofar as he was placed in a situation where he was continually having to defend himself to both his colleagues and those outside Eurostat.
Expert Dr Frans de Waal said: "Although elephants are far more distantly related to us than the great apes, they seem to have evolved similar social and cognitive capacities.
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The virus is spread in California and other western states by deer mice, which are distantly related to the common house mouse.
Distantly related to lobsters and shrimp, these animals have four legs per body segment.
The human isolates are closely related to isolates recovered from well water but are more distantly related to isolates from the hare and tick.
Yet modernity's utopian dreams reverberate darkly and distantly in this work of such different ideological charge, an echo from the past that rebounds with biting irony: There is no transcendental crux here, no eye-catcher to anchor the composition.
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Ontario, Canada) and McGill University (Quebec, Canada) have patented lipo Chitooligosaccharide (LCO) [NodBj-V(C18:1,Mefuc)] isolated from Bradyrhizobium japonicum strain 532C which stimulates seed germination/seedling emergence, or in the case of potato, sprouting, of a number of crop plants representing eight distantly related plant families (Poaceae, Fabaceae, Brassicaceae, Cucurbitaceac, Malvaceae, Asteraceae, Chenopodiaceae and Solanaceae) of plants, at 25 and/or at 15[degrees] C.
However, the Touran compact van with a silver metallic paint job that yesterday set the milestone at VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg is only distantly related to the humble Volkswagen Beetle that became a global icon of affordable mobility after Second World War.