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Once upon a time

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Definition

once upon a time: a long time ago, in ancient times (traditional start of children's stories)
idiom
Once upon a time is often followed by the expression there lived:
Once upon a time, there lived a princess in a castle.

Pronunciation examples
UK: Once upon a time, there lived a little family of cats.
US: Once upon a time, I used to enjoy cartoons.

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