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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.
See also: corner, distant, of, world

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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By infecting more than 50 species of flies with three different viruses, the researchers showed that species closely related to a virus' usual target species were more susceptible than distantly related flies.
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3 billion), is directed towards communications, followed distantly by computer hardware and software.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Environments containing species that are distantly related to one another are more productive than those containing closely related species, according to new research from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).
Now, since 9/11 the Americans are supposed to be tough on all things even distantly related to terrorism.
The Armenian language, distantly related to Greek, has a unique alphabet.
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