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[ lawng-uh-goh, long- ]


  1. of or relating to the distant past or to remote events; ancient:

    long-ago exploits remembered only in folk tales.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of long-ago1

First recorded in 1825–35
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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

As long ago as the early 1970s, he had gone on to support most civil rights-related legislation.

Not long ago, however, these outré components would have amounted to an interesting yet niche rap career.

Not long ago, a whole host of artists were plowing these fields—Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Johnny Winter.

For far too long, we have been coasting on a moral authority to which we long ago lost any clear title.

Not long ago, the concept of diversity was viewed as anti-meritocratic—even harmful.

Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.

Young Lamb's big cigar has been out long ago; but he pulls hard at it, wholly unaware of the fact.

That, like the matches, had long ago been used up, and our discoverers were reduced to roasted biscuit-crumbs.

It was a difficulty foreseen long ago in Socialist discussions, but never completely met by the thorough-paced Communist.

Not long ago I met one day in London a business man who, it turned out, was at this school with me.


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