light-year
noun Date: 1888 1. a unit of length in astronomy equal to the distance that light travels in one year in a vacuum or about 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers) 2. an extremely large measure of comparison (as of distance, time, or quality) <
seems like light-years ago
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has light-years more talent
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two minutes and yet light-years away from the crowded village — Suzanne Patterson
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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