There are 2 main definitions of long ago in English:

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long ago 1

In the distant past: long ago an unmarried girl was considered her father’s property her son died long ago [as modifier]: time has marched on since my long-ago youth
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  • Long ago when I was in high school, my baseball coach provided "oil of wintergreen" for our sore muscles.
  • It might have been part of a pirate or a viking ship long ago.
  • It's way too late but these children should have been adopted by capable parents long ago.
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There are 2 main definitions of long ago in English:

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long-ago 2

adjective

Existing in or relating to a time in the distant past: time has marched on since my long-ago youth idyllic views of a long-ago New York
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  • A rummage through the cupboard revealed a half-eaten packet of chips left over from some long-ago party; I devoured the contents within minutes.
  • By the time of the investigation in 1890, she seemed less concerned with his long-ago disappearance than with his pension benefits.
  • A woman brings her 20-something daughter to Italy, recreating the route of her long-ago honeymoon.
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