the 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.
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the (ˌdim and) ˌdistant ˈpast

a long time ago: stories from the distant past
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In that book which she and her simple old friend had read so much together, she had seen and taken to her young heart the image of one who loved the little child; and, as she gazed and mused, He had ceased to be an image and a picture of the distant past, and come to be a living, all-surrounding reality.
It takes a murder attempt and a forced trip into the distant past for Isabella to discover herself and the spiritual forces acting on her life.
Lead vocalist Dellacoma Rio has a voice that sounds pulled from some old vinyl recording, with his Ozzy Osbourne -style theatricality and resonance, and the rest of the band feels as if they could be playing with Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden at some point in the distant past.
Washington, September 17 (ANI): Observations by the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Venus Express mission have provided strong new evidence that the solar wind has stripped away significant quantities of water from Venus, which means the planet was more humid and Earth-like in the distant past.
4 : dating from the distant past : ancient <an old custom>
The Bishop of Killaloe Dr Willie Walsh said: "The ongoing fallout from the tragedy of sexual abuse by a small number of clergy in the distant past continues to demand time and resources for healing.
While the farm-raised whitefish remains just as popular there today as in the distant past, its mild-tasting, flaky fillets have become increasingly menued by chefs in North America and Europe during recent years.
They suspect that a planet carved out this gap as it emerged from the disk some time in the distant past.
Even more importantly, we should re-examine the "relics" in the respective "attics" of the Church and the State to see if there's anything we overlooked in the distant past that doesn't belong.
The net upshot is that as talk of default in large emerging market economies such as Brazil and Russia recedes into the distant past as those countries' economic fundamentals improve, questions about the sustainability of the public debt situations of countries such as Greece, Portugal, and Italy will come to the fore.
The collective state of knowledge concerning meteorological conditions in the distant past is, by contrast, nearly nonexistent.
When a menacing if puzzled Korean archer from the distant past suddenly materializes in Kevin's room in modern-day Dorchester, New York, the Korean American sixth-grader realizes that he must help the man get back to his own time.
These records showed that workers had high chronic exposure in the distant past, much lower exposure in the more proximate past, and still lower exposure at the time of the study.
But Vindolanda, near Bardon Mill in Northumberland, has a special ambience, partly because of its setting and also through its direct line to the distant past.
Ancient Egyptian civilization's continuing fascination for Americans may be due to its providing an accessible link to the distant past, with the additional attraction of riches buried in support of an afterlife.