One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In or belonging to the past.‘he was more reticent than of old’
bygone, past, former, olden, of old, remote, previous, early, earlier, earliestView synonyms
- ‘After this year, the tatty old displays of old just won't be good enough.’
- ‘The threat is that the multicultural divisions of old become battle lines.’
- ‘Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats were behaving more like the Labour Party of old.’
- ‘They played some great football and looked like the team of old that was back to themselves.’
- ‘As the second half proceeded Tyrone players started to play with the flare and skill of old.’
- ‘Then there was Sonia, from the word go it was obvious she was not the Sonia of old, yet she gave it a go.’
- ‘I look through the squad and don't see the quality of old, in particular when I look at their attack.’
- ‘He bulled forward like the heavyweight boxer of old, scoring nine times in eight climactic games.’
- ‘In days of old, High Sheriffs had the authority to raise an army and even order executions of convicts.’
- ‘Every Tuesday night, people ramble in for the music and chat and to see the cottage as in days of old.’
2Starting long ago; for a long time.‘they knew him of old’
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