the year dot

the year dot

The beginning of time; an extremely long time ago; the distant past. Our family line has presided over this land from the year dot. Giant sea turtles have been coming to this part of the island to mate since the year dot.
See also: dot, year

year dot

An unspecified date in time that occurred long ago, usually used in the phrases "since year dot" and "from year dot." My grandmother always says that she's loved cooking since year dot, but my grandfather is quick to point out that she hated cooking when they first met.
See also: dot, year

the year dot

a very long time ago. British informal
1998 Spectator From the year dot there has been an uneasy relationship between press and police.
See also: dot, year
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"They need to get back to what United do best, which is playing a certain brand of football which hasn't just been synonymous with Sir Alex Ferguson, it's from the year dot, Sir Matt [Busby], Ron Atkinson...
The Earth's climate has been changing since the year dot, with heat waves and ice ages, it has nothing to do with carbon dioxide emissions (millions of tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is computer generated gobbledegook).
"And although he has been in the sport since the year dot, he has managed to maintain his mojo, his passion across all these years.
And when I was a lad, back in the year dot, my parents were less than sympathetic to my ambitions.
But the fact is we have to have a third-place finisher because the Olympic movement, the IOC and FIFA have been hand in hand in football tournaments since the year dot.
The army have been putting their recruits including officer cadets through exercise courses since the year dot without doing research on the subject.
Someone rang them and said we were having a disco lights flashing the lot, the cops turn up, knock at the door, then a bemused cop asks: 'why lights and no noise?'" Pamela Burn: "Get a grip there's been parties in Jesmond since the year dot, and we never hurt a living soul!" Chris Loxley: "Would be much better getting them in proper nightclub where it's PS10 to get in then PS8 per drink."
From the year dot, there are people who've always been on the breadline.
I have been brought from the year dot that the ball should be played on the deck, and stuff like that.
He allows evil to take place in the world because he honours men's free will which he has done so since the year dot when he allowed Adam to disobey him.
The 86-year-old actress, who has five children (a sixth, daughter Chloe, born prematurely, died at 16 days) and six grandchildren, took time off to finish Before The Year Dot, an autobiography tracing her early years, but will be re-appearing in the hit soap in December - although she can't reveal any festive plotlines.
This lovely lady - gay icon and superb actress - has now told her story with her new book called 'Before the Year Dot'.
But Tom is also planning to do something else that's rather brilliant, donating one of his own kidneys to Grantly Budgen - a man's who's been on the waiting list for a sense of humour transplant since the year dot.
I love sport and it has been part of my life since the year dot.