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auld lang syne

Days gone by; former times.


  • From Scots auld lang syne, popularized by the poem “Auld Lang Syne” by Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns based on an older song.
  • Cognate to English old long since: see auld + lang + syne. The term was popularized by Scottish poet Robert Burns, but the phrase predates his version of the poem “Auld Lang Syne”.

That 'auld lang syne' had still its authority both with preceptor and scholar was proved by the manner in which he sometimes promptly passed the distance she usually maintained between them, and put down her high reserve with a firm, quiet hand.

Submitted on July 10, 2018


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