Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

way back when

way back then
1) a long time ago, something that happened in the distant past
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    • way back when I was in school/a child
  • Analysis
     'Way back' means 'long ago'. 'Way back when' refers to a long time ago in the distant past. This is an informal expression you are more likely to hear used in spoken English or in storytelling.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I used to play a lot of football, but that was way back when I was in high school. That's over 20 years ago now!
    2. Way back when I was in University, I ate pasta and beans every day. Now that I have more money, I have a much better diet.
    3. Way back when my daughter was born, I had to study after she went to sleep. She's seven years old now, but I still prefer to work at night.
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