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Auld lang syne

old times, especially times fondly remembered.
old or long friendship.
Contemporary Examples

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.
The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO) Kevin Fallon December 23, 2014

Take this verse by famous Scottish poet Robert Burns in his famous Scottish poem “auld lang syne.”
Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster P. J. O’Rourke September 12, 2014

New Years means Champagne, “auld lang syne,” and good college football.
The 2014 Dummies’ Guide to College Football Games Ben Jacobs December 31, 2013

But it was a time for everybody to join hands as we did on formerly Air Force One and sing “auld lang syne.”
The Last Ride The Daily Beast January 18, 2009

Historical Examples

The old general came forward and clasped hands with his comrade, the band changing to “auld lang syne.”
Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards

Stanton sang a solo, and then all joined in “auld lang syne.”
The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace

In the evening quite a demonstration—pipe band playing “auld lang syne,” and much cheering.
My War Experiences in Two Continents Sarah Macnaughtan

“I made that promise for the sake of ‘auld lang syne,'” answered Mr. Dunbar.
Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon

Everything was going on as usual, and at a few minutes to midnight auld lang syne ought not to have been difficult.
Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie

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!


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