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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Ago, ppl. a. and adv. [ME. ago (early 14th c.), p.p. of ago v. to go away, depart. In Sc. after Chaucerian models.]

1. ppl. a. Gone; gone past, by, or away; past, away. (Only in predicative use, and usually in rhyme.) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1304; Ib. 1706.
Gentreis is slane, and pietie is ago
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 210.
Grace is ago, how may thai chape mischans
a1500 Bk. Chess 2077.
The feild is tynt & his victour ago
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxvi. 22.
The honourable vse is all ago
1535 Stewart 46457.
Quhen symmer come and winter wes ago
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5349.
Those schynand lampis bene ago
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 24.
That ressoun, wit, and mynd, Ar all ago togiddir
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. lii. 27.
Quhen he is ago

2. adv. In time past; in time gone by. 1513 Doug. xii. Epil. 3.
Ȝoir ago in myne ondantit ȝouth
1560 Rolland Seven S. 31/1.
It is lang ago sen I ȝow saw
Ib. 33/27.
Within this ȝeir ago

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