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.
See also: back, way