not so long ago

idiom

: a short time ago
Not so long ago, she was the nation's best gymnast.

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Recent Examples on the Web There’s no doubt that racking up back-to-back trips to at least the Sweet 16 signaled real and potentially meaningful progress for the Aztecs, who not so long ago were known as a winning program that could not escape the NCAA Tournament’s opening weekend. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 But Stamkos said that’s exactly where the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins were not so long ago. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 There was once a time—a time not so long ago, in fact—when the menswear on the Oscars red carpet was, to put it bluntly, a bit of a snooze. Liam Hess, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2024 Of course, Tesla had its own existential struggles as an EV startup not so long ago. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2024 There was a time, not so long ago, when those wearied and horrified by the presidency of Donald J. Trump could almost convince themselves that the man was gone. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2024 There was a time—not so long ago—when my phone was prone to overheating due to its sheer volume of apps. Emma Specter, Vogue, 2 Jan. 2024 Takumi Jeannin remembers a time, not so long ago, when being an agent for women’s soccer players was a little like being a telemarketer. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 Our younger readers may not believe me, but there was a time not so long ago when highlighter simply wasn't a typical part of our makeup routines. Marci Robin, Allure, 5 Oct. 2023

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“Not so long ago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20so%20long%20ago. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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