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for auld lang syne

In honor of old times. "Auld lang syne" is a Scottish phrase meaning "old long since." Come on, you're only in town for a few days—let's go to dinner for auld lang syne.
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for auld lang syne

for old times' sake.
The phrase literally means ‘for old long since’, and is the title and refrain of a song by Robert Burns ( 1788 ).
See also: auld, lang, syne

for auld lang syne/for old times' sake

In memory of the good old days; for nostalgic reasons. This expression today is invariably associated with the song Robert Burns allegedly took down from an old man’s singing in 1788. Presumably it began its life with an emphasis on remembering “auld acquaintance”—that is, old friends—which appeared about 1670 in a ballad by Francis Semphill and repeated a phrase that was already proverbial. The anglicized version, for old times’ sake, probably dates from the same period. Eric Partridge deemed both to be clichés by the mid-nineteenth century.
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The firm's boss Nick Thistleton said: "Auld Lang Syne has always been the people's choice to celebrate the start of the New Year.
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First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Millions of people across the world will bring in the bells to the sound of Burns' most famous piece of work, Auld Lang Syne.
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Auld Lang Syne will be belted out from Stirling to Sydney as revellers welcome the New Year on Thursday.