way back when


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

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 '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.

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  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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