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a while back

Also, a while ago. Some time in the past, as in I ran into Barbara a while back but didn't get her new address, or John wrote me a while ago about his new baby. This term uses a while in the sense of “a short or moderate time,” a usage dating from about 1300.




heretofore, already, earlier, once, erstwhile, back, before, lately, radically, anciently, aforetime, erewhile

Nearby words

a time to be born and a time to die, a to j, a vinculo matrimonii, a vuestra salud, a watched pot never boils, a while back, a woman's work is never done, a word to the wise is sufficient, a&b, a&e, a&h
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