lang syne

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also lang syne  (lăng-zīn′)Scots
Long ago; long since.
Time long past; times past.

[Scots lang syne, from Middle English lang sine : long, lang, long; see long1 + sine, since (contraction of sithen, sithens; see since).]
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Adv.1.lang syne - of the distant or comparatively distant past; "We met once long ago"; "they long ago forsook their nomadic life"; "left for work long ago"; "he has long since given up mountain climbing"; "This name has long since been forgotten"; "lang syne" is Scottish
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References in classic literature ?
For being an idle boy lang syne; Who read Anacreon and drank wine, I early found Anacreon rhymes Were almost passionate sometimes-- And by strange alchemy of brain His pleasures always turned to pain-- His naiveté to wild desire-- His wit to love-his wine to fire-- And so, being young and dipt in folly, I fell in love with melancholy,
Then we joined hands and sang "Auld Lang Syne." Sara Ray cried bitterly in lieu of singing.
She wore her hair now in an enormous pompador and had discarded the blue ribbon bows of auld lang syne, but her face was as freckled, her nose as snubbed, and her mouth and smiles as wide as ever.
Micawber's spirits becoming elevated, too, we sang 'Auld Lang Syne'.
I fear you are out at elbows; but we must see to that for auld lang syne, as once we sang at suppers.'
Half-past nine struck in the middle of the performance of "Auld Lang Syne," a most obstreperous proceeding, during which there was an immense amount of standing with one foot on the table, knocking mugs together and shaking hands, without which accompaniments it seems impossible for the youths of Britain to take part in that famous old song.
"And you needn't Mr Venus be your black bottle, For surely I'll be mine, And we'll take a glass with a slice of lemon in it to which you're partial, For auld lang syne."'
The evening concluded with a rousing rendition of the Burns favourite Auld Lang Syne.
But playing music just after midnight at the bells when people want to sing Auld Lang Syne? That's another matter.
At the stroke of midnight Monday, I hope you sang "Auld Lang Syne," not "Old Lang Syne." The former is Scottish for "good old times." The latter is how Dan Fogelberg spelled it in "Same Old Lang Syne," his syrupy ode to a chance encounter with an old flame at a Peoria convenience store.
The ringing in of each new year isn't complete without "Auld Lang Syne" playing in the background.
THE next generation could let old anthems be forgotten, according to new research which show Auld Lang Syne is not a New Year hit with younger listeners.