\ˈlȯŋ-ə-ˈgō \

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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He isn’t deterred, saying that facts, even small ones from long ago, are important. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "When Did a Famous Guitar-Smashing Occur? One Fan of The Clash Insists Everyone Has It Wrong," 5 June 2018 Once upon a time not that long ago, there was a reality program on Lifetime called Roseanne’s Nuts. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe Giving Roseanne a Show in 2018 Was a Bad Idea," 30 May 2018 Drippings from the candle of some scribe from long ago? Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Scans reveal secrets of medieval 'Harry Potter' book and medical texts at Penn," 14 May 2018 Not long ago Balfour Beatty, Britain’s largest construction firm, issued seven profit warnings in the space of two-and-a-half years, after accepting too much work at low margins. The Economist, "Cleaned outWhere did Carillion go wrong?," 18 Jan. 2018 Crowley was disoriented, likely because of drug use, and unable to help officers find the baby or say how long ago the crash had occurred, charging documents said. CBS News, "Officers recall finding buried baby; man says he abandoned boy because he was heavy," 11 July 2018 Fraver reminds us that long ago, before direct mail, email, and all the ad-creating talents of technology, new plays and musicals relied on the illustrations that made up the ads in the New York Times. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "Fraver's 'Five Decades' displays the great posters of a lifetime theater-lover," 28 June 2018 Remember long ago, when Tiger Woods was a young phenom and a dude nicknamed Fluff with one of the best mustaches ever was his caddie? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Tiger Woods gave his former caddie a hug in touching reunion," 27 June 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW There was a time not too long ago, though, Gordon’s reaction to a miss would have been different. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio FC’s Omar Gordon finds his groove," 5 June 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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