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A very long time ago; too long ago to be dated.



This is a fairly recent phrase which originated in England at the end of the 19th century. It is still in use there, although less so elsewhere. The earliest record I can find of it in print is from the English author William Pett Ridge's Minor Dialogues, 1895:

"I reckon he was born in the year dot, that 'orse was."

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