way back

way back

A relatively long time ago, especially when recalling something that is not the case now. Primarily heard in UK. I used to really like this band way back, but now that I'm older, they just sound silly to me. Way back, there were only a few channels on TV. Now there seem to be thousands!
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ˈway back

(informal) a long time ago: We’ve known each other since way back.I first met her way back in the fifties.
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The five-year-old hasn't quite matched last year's superb form but he looked to be on his way back when fourth in the tricky International Stakes at Ascot.
He says that they saw the church as the way back past the original expulsion.
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