\ ˈlȯŋ-ə-ˈgō How to pronounce long-ago (audio) \

Definition of long-ago

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the past long-ago leaders

long ago


Definition of long ago (Entry 2 of 2)

: the distant past

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Not long ago the Wall Street Journal music writer Neil Shah did a story about synth pop’s resurgence and new bands doing it. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "‘Stranger Things’ Alabama connection continues," 5 July 2019 Not long ago, racing’s tendency was to gloss over such continuing carnage as an unfortunate but inevitable byproduct of a sport in which young thoroughbreds are trained to run at stressful speeds on fragile legs. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Horse fatality reports made public for first time by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission," 27 June 2019 The Party is moving to the left, as everyone has been saying since 2016, and the first few minutes of the debate allowed you to measure how far: Warren, who not long ago defined the progressive frontier, now seemed at the center. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "At the Democratic Debate, Elizabeth Warren’s Reformism Versus Trump’s Moral Crisis," 27 June 2019 There was a time not long ago when Wild prospect Filip Johansson would gladly scroll Twitter searching for what people were saying about him. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild prospect Filip Johansson on being a first-round pick and the haters that followed," 26 June 2019 Not long ago, talk circulated that his father and namesake, former congressman and Army veteran Duncan Hunter, might run to replace his son. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Hunter’s legal predicament goes from bad to much worse. What are the GOP’s options?," 16 June 2019 Jose Portillo, the city administrator in Presidio and a former state trooper, is close to some of the Border Patrol agents stationed here, a station that not long ago was officially designated as a hardship post. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Border immigration surge reaches the Big Bend," 10 June 2019 And other politicians around the South soon had their own explaining to do over yearbook images taken long ago. Bloomberg.com, "School Says Probe of Blackface Photo on Virginia Governor’s Yearbook Page Is Done," 21 May 2019 And other politicians around the South soon had their own explaining to do over yearbook images taken long ago. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia governor finds ways to get beyond blackface scandal," 29 Mar. 2019

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1603, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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