old times, especially times fondly remembered.
old or long friendship.
When she stands by the bedside of a dying Victor McLaglen and sings “auld lang syne,” it is an occasion for real tears.
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auld lang syne” is Scottish-Gaelic for “old long since,” or, more idiomatically, “days gone by” or “time long past.
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Take this verse by famous Scottish poet Robert Burns in his famous Scottish poem “auld lang syne.”
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New Years means Champagne, “auld lang syne,” and good college football.
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But it was a time for everybody to join hands as we did on formerly Air Force One and sing “auld lang syne.”
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The old general came forward and clasped hands with his comrade, the band changing to “auld lang syne.”
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Stanton sang a solo, and then all joined in “auld lang syne.”
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In the evening quite a demonstration—pipe band playing “auld lang syne,” and much cheering.
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“I made that promise for the sake of ‘auld lang syne,'” answered Mr. Dunbar.
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Everything was going on as usual, and at a few minutes to midnight auld lang syne ought not to have been difficult.
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old times; times past, esp those remembered with affection or nostalgia
“Auld Lang Syne” [(awld lang zeyen, seyen)]
A traditional Scottish song, customarily sung on New Year’s Eve; the title means “Time Long Past.” The words, passed down orally, were recorded by the eighteenth-century poet Robert Burns. The song begins:
Should auld [old] acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min’?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
- Auld reekie
noun (Scot) a nickname for Edinburgh Historical Examples She is to be found in every street and alley of auld reekie, till her work is accomplished. Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume I Various Remember, lads, the fate of auld reekie is now in your hands! The Great War in England in […]
. Historical Examples “I hope in this case it ‘ll be the aulder the wiser, Miss—” said the lawyer, and hung unheeded on the note of interrogation. Bud Neil Munro Were you a twelve-month aulder, we would make a burgess of you, man. Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott Ye’re like the swine’s bairns—the aulder ye […]
of or relating to a royal court. Historical Examples Indeed, it passes belief how even the aulic Council could have ignored the dangers of that position. The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) John Holland Rose He became president of the aulic council in 1831, but died a few months later. Encyclopaedia Britannica, […]
- Aulic council
a personal council of the Holy Roman Emperor, exercising chiefly judicial powers. Historical Examples Indeed, it passes belief how even the aulic council could have ignored the dangers of that position. The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) John Holland Rose Poor McDowell suffers for the sins of others—above all, for those of […]