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[lawng-uh-goh, long-] /ˈlɔŋ əˌgoʊ, ˈlɒŋ-/
of or relating to the distant past or to remote events; ancient:
long-ago exploits remembered only in folk tales.
Origin of long-ago
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No doubt the site of this early structure has long ago been submerged.

  • She did not weep: long ago she had exhausted the relief of tears.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • long ago, she had lost track of her father; her mother she had never known.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Katy could tell you that long ago I said to her that I did not believe Eileen was my sister.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Sing me the songs that to me were so deah Long, long ago, long ago.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
Word Origin and History for long ago



1834, from long (adj.) + ago.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with long ago

long ago

A time well before the present, the distant past. For example, I read that book long ago, or The battles of long ago were just as fierce. [ Second half of 1300s ]
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