the (dim and) distant past

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 (ˌdim and) ˌdistant ˈpast

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