long time no see

Meaning(s)

1. said when you encounter someone you have not seen for a long time

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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Hey, long time no see!

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The expression 'long time no see' literally means 'it's been a long time since I've seen you'. It is used as a greeting when you haven't physically seen someone for a long time. This is a very casual phrase best used with people you know in social contexts.

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  1. Hey, Frank, long time no see! What are you up to these days?
  2. Clare: Excuse me, you might not remember me but we went to the same school years ago. Jack: Of course I remember you, Clare. Long time no see!

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. Mr Gu, long time no see! I'd love for you to visit our new office while you are in town.
  2. John, is that you? I didn't know you came back from the states. Long time no see!

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