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the other day

At some point in the recent past. Just the other day I was saying to Bob that I'd love to travel to France. I forgot to tell you that I got a postcard from Mary the other day.
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other day, the

One day recently, a short time ago, as in I saw her in the museum the other day. This term originally meant either "the next day" or "the preceding day" (tomorrow or yesterday). In its current meaning it was first recorded in 1421.
See also: other

the ˌother ˈday, ˈmorning, etc.

only a few days ago: The other evening we went for a drive in the country.I saw Jake the other day while I was shopping.
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For if a person were to select the night in which his sleep was undisturbed even by dreams, and were to compare with this the other days and nights of his life, and then were to tell us how many days and nights he had passed in the course of his life better and more pleasantly than this one, I think that any man, I will not say a private man, but even the great king will not find many such days or nights, when compared with the others.
For instance, he rang the other day and asked me to cook a piece of chicken for dinner because he hadn't eaten for a day and a half and he was starving.
At camp, self-report questionnaires were administered every other day to assess campers' moods, levels of homesickness, and satisfaction with camp.
With four Ford trucks outfitted with water tanks that hold more than 30 gallons, ladder racks and tool boxes, his drivers burn through $30 of gas every other day, pinching him in a competitive industry.
The other day I cleared out all items with a 'best before' date, which still left a mountain of food that would take me weeks if not months to trough my way through.
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