\ 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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Voraciously’s Meal Plan of Action newsletter series offered a fine Arroz Con Pollo not too long ago, for example. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "This one-pot chicken and rice delivers a lot of comfort, and a little kick," 4 June 2019 Not long ago, the story tells us, about a dozen artificial-flower companies thrived in New York, with skilled craftspeople meticulously creating gardens from silk, velvet and other fabrics, one bloom at a time. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Crafting gardens from silk, one bloom at a time," 19 May 2019 Most people in the political press long ago decided that the major questions are settled. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 The Rudas, established in 1550, reemerged not long ago from a renovation that has turned it into a latter-day temple of wellness, tricked out with every conceivable high-tech amenity involving steam and water. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 But her characters are passive, watchful, having long ago learned the futility of fighting the elements. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Florida, Full of Dread," 14 June 2018 Meet the Cleveland Browns' 2018 NFL Draft class CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Not long ago a Browns executive admitted the team didn't see Carson Wentz as a Top 20 quarterback. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "The Browns show lots of confidence in Baker Mayfield and the process that led them to him -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs," 1 May 2018 Not long ago my brother was killed, he was killed cruelly. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Migrant 'caravan' begins to splinter, 'disperse' after Trump raises alarm," 2 Oct. 2018 But where not long ago that was often a look of defeat, such displeasure seems more like resolve these days. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Renfroe's resolve; Texas heat; lineup juggling," 27 June 2018

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1603, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

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