long ago

adverb
of the distant or comparatively distant past (Freq. 14)
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We met once long ago

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they long ago forsook their nomadic life

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left for work long ago

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he has long since given up mountain climbing

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This name has long since been forgotten

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"lang syne" is Scottish

Syn: ↑long since, ↑lang syne

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I. adverb
Etymology: long (II) + ago
: in the distant or comparatively distant past : not recently

long ago changed their nomadic way of life for a settled one

left for work long ago

II. noun
: the distant past

the excitement and uncertainties of the campaign, even the triumph of the election, seem incidents of the long agoNew Yorker

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long ago
: at a time in the distant past

events that happened long ago

The announcement was made not long ago. [=the announcement was made recently]

It wasn't so/very long ago that this place was empty field.

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