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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
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had long ago found work for himself, and did not want any other.

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  • It long ago learned that marriage is a travesty and our marriage a nightmare.

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  • He had long ago ceased to look at her when they happened to pass on the street.

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  • The children and the phonograph had long ago attended to that.

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  • It really seems to him that this has been said long ago and in just this way.

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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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