to go back a long way

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition -

"to go back a long way"

to have existed for a long time


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - go back a long way

"to go back a long way"

for people to have known each other for a long time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go back a long way

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why do we always ring that old bell on the post every time someone makes a sale.

Colleague 2:  It goes back a long way to the very first days of the company in 1899. This was before telephones so when a sale came in, the factory needed to be notified so the bell was wrung. The tradition has stood since then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go back a long way

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You will never get Alice to do something that would upset Sam. They go back a long way.

Friend 2:  How long have they been friends?

Friend 1:  They became friends in grade school so it has been over fifty years now.

Friend 2:  Wow. That's a lot of shared history.

to go back a long way - Usage:


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to go back a long way - Gerund Form:

Going back a long way, they were the best of friends.

Going back a long way, the product has existed for over fifty years.

to go back a long way - Examples:

1)  We go back a long way with that pub. My dad was a regular and there.

2)  Man and nature go back a long way.

3)  The pair go back a long way and can look back on a very successful career, starting in 2002 when ...

4)  After all, the duo go back a long way - they have worked together in the 1986 film ...

5)  Her mother and SRK go back a long way. He has known my mum since the time they were in college.

6)  She and I go back a long way: we met in the late 1970s.

7)  ... it is worth noting that such activities go back a long way, even before the launch of Xi's anti-corruption drive. 

8)  The two of them have different styles but they go back a long way. They have a shared history.

9)  Those are iconic marquees that go back a long way and has had a lot of value to be built on.

10)  You forget that these ideas go back a long way. We think of this media as about 'now'.

11)  ... the pancake supper was long established before I ever came. It goes back a long way.

12)  The peacock goes back a long way. It's mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible.

13)  Like most central banks, the role of the Fed goes back a long way. In ancient Greece, for example, bearded hermits would ...

14)  Rough play in the debt collection market goes back a long way in Australia, as it no doubt does in many other countries.

15)  The inn has a history that goes back a long way. It started its life as the Van Reenen Hotel in 1892.

16)  My dad rode with his dad so our families have links going back a long way.

17)  I know that Eddie has a relationship with George going back a long way

18)  Yes, it's going back a long way to the 1972 Canada-Russia series.

19)  So many lawyers in politics is a phenomenon going back a long way: there were 40 lawyers in the English Parliament of 1422.

20)  The Struggle for freedom in South Africa goes back a long way, to the very founding of the country in 1910.