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: of or relating to the past
long-ago leaders

long ago

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: the distant past

Examples of long-ago in a Sentence

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Trump is facing 34 felony charges for allegedly falsifying business records related to a hush money payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election, to keep her from accusing Trump of a long-ago affair. Michael Cadenhead, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2024 Browse the museum, hike the trails — the Tower Trail takes you to the site of the long-ago observation tower — then check out the town’s art galleries and murals. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Because of a long-ago false theory about differences in creatinine levels, many lab reports until recently often would list two results - one calculated for non-Black patients and another for Black patients that could overestimate kidney function by as much as 16%. CBS News, 1 Apr. 2024 His company is also aging and showing the limits of its long-ago innovations. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 26 Mar. 2024 Cloutier said these beings are integral to the story and leftovers from that long-ago era. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 Hours before the film was screened at 3 Dollar Bill, a Brooklyn nightclub, a state court judge ruled that the prosecution’s star witness — Mr. Trump’s long-ago fixer and eventual turncoat Michael Cohen — could testify at the upcoming trial despite the former president’s objections. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Edelman’s low-key ease and self-aware humor makes this nursing home escapee a beguiling yet clear-eyed guide to the long-ago past and to this fascinating circus caravan. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 22 Mar. 2024 In French’s third novel, Faithful Place, Detective Frank Mackey tries to solve the mystery of his long-ago love’s murder and ends up spectacularly self-destructing. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2024
Though the play is grounded in events that happened long ago, the script has become more imaginatively and audaciously theatrical. Christine Dolen, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 But not all that long ago, those same dire circumstances described the James Webb Space Telescope, the pioneering infrared scope that launched on Christmas Day 2021. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 As long ago as 1980, engineers had warned that the bridge, because of its design, would never be able to survive a direct hit from a container ship. Mike Baker, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Not that long ago, a dark thriller featuring Kevin Spacey as a smooth-talking stranger who arrives in a small town with an apparent vendetta against one of its inhabitants might have been a major movie event. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 However, the scientific community long ago debunked the myth that mold was poisonous to breathe. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 Hillman, of the Karuk Tribe, said that once the dams are gone, people will be able to return with nets to traditional fishing places that were sealed off long ago. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Miranda rented an apartment in New York, on the sixth floor of a building in SoHo where the ancient elevator had long ago stopped working. David Frum, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 Each city is then listed along with the number of places and how long ago your most recent visit was that Maps recorded. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1603, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of long-ago was in 1603

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“Long-ago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-ago. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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