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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR YEARS

I saw 'em fur years, with a big cuttin' out to show the cross-section.

He walked, indeed, with a step of amazing springiness for a man of his years.

Then what have you been doing with your savings all these years?

It had been all the same to Mrs. Bines for as many years as a woman of fifty can remember.

Boy, they be not due to you till you be come to years of discretion.

What a glorious double stroke it would be, after all their years of trying.

He had discovered years before that he was sometimes able thus to puzzle her momentarily.

It has been the accumulation of years, and was intended as a provision for you and Robert.

Written years before, at the time of publication he was thirty-three.

The years roll on, the time of imprisonment is over, the man is free.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gear (West Saxon), ger (Anglian) "year," from Proto-Germanic *jæram "year" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German jar, Old Norse ar, Danish aar, Old Frisian ger, Dutch jaar, German Jahr, Gothic jer "year"), from PIE *yer-o-, from root *yer-/*yor- "year, season" (cf. Avestan yare (nominative singular) "year;" Greek hora "year, season, any part of a year," also "any part of a day, hour;" Old Church Slavonic jaru, Bohemian jaro "spring;" Latin hornus "of this year;" Old Persian dušiyaram "famine," literally "bad year"). Probably originally "that which makes [a complete cycle]," and from verbal root *ei- meaning "to do, make."

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