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auld lang syne

[awld lang zahyn, sahyn] /ˈɔld læŋ ˈzaɪn, ˈsaɪn/
noun, Scot. and North England.
1.
old times, especially times fondly remembered.
2.
old or long friendship.
Origin of auld lang syne
literally, old long since, i.e., old long-ago (days)
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  • Stanton sang a solo, and then all joined in “auld lang syne.”

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • "I made that promise for the sake of 'auld lang syne,'" answered Mr. Dunbar.

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  • Then, for he was very merry, he would have it that we sing "auld lang syne."

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  • "For the sake of auld lang syne" she had said, and her tone had been full of pathos.

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  • We always had a passing word with him, for the sake of “auld lang syne.”

British Dictionary definitions for auld lang syne

auld lang syne

/ˈɔːld læŋ ˈsəɪn; ˈsaɪn; ˈzaɪn/
noun
1.
old times; times past, esp those remembered with affection or nostalgia
Word Origin
Scottish, literally: old long since
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“Auld Lang Syne” [(awld lang zeyen, seyen)]

A traditional Scottish song, customarily sung on New Year's Eve; the title means “Time Long Past.” The words, passed down orally, were recorded by the eighteenth-century poet Robert Burns. The song begins:

Should auld [old] acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min'?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
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