Example sentences of "once upon a time " in BNC.

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1 ‘ Nothing will come of nothing ’ , as King Lear said once upon a time .
2 Once upon a time another German government let Lenin cross another Germany in a sealed train on his way to Russia .
3 Once upon a time , this might have been 95 per cent .
4 MOSCOW — Once upon a time , in a previous journalistic incarnation , I worked at Westminster .
5 Once upon a time there was a man who thought he could be a dragon-master .
6 Once upon a time , long long ago and far far away , out in the dreamlands , there was another Margaret just like you .
7 Once upon a time Fenna had brooded on a hoard for so many years and with such desire that it had quickened and grown , diamonds breeding and bringing up their young under his weight .
8 Once upon a time , of course , when you craved new clothes , you had to save for them — a quaint custom almost as outdated as horsedrawn carriages and farthingales .
9 ONCE upon a time people indulged in the ages-old craft of telling stories to each other — but then television and video stepped in and took the words out of our mouths .
10 Once upon a time book-buying parents could rely on the classics to keep the kids quiet .
11 Once upon a time , if you were caught short , there would be a convenience at your disposal .
12 I 'd have done anything for you once upon a time .
13 Once upon a time , ’ he had written .
14 Once upon a time , there was a boy called Nigel Charles Hughes .
15 Once upon a time , when Daddy was a little boy , he used to wake in the night and cry .
16 ( The Countess of Clancarty , rumoured to have been the Earl 's cook once upon a time , charged £2,000 for the service , and Lady St John of Bletso , whose provincial protégées were known as ‘ the Blets ’ , the same amount . )
17 Once upon a time , she had been able to withstand Florentine summers better than any English woman she knew but of late they had begun to tire her , to make her feel that in everything she did she was pushing a large boulder up a hill .
18 After the narrows at St Goar and the infamous Lorelei , the river opens out again and begins to look a little cleaner , as though it might even , once upon a time , have been blue .
19 It seems that once upon a time OS/2 was going to be the real version of Windows , but Microsoft changed its mind and decided to go it alone .
20 ONCE upon a time , a school trip meant a week under canvas in Wales or , if it was especially adventurous , a visit across the Channel .
21 Once upon a time man lived by hunting and by gathering .
22 According to a Sumerian poet : ‘ Once upon a time there was no snake , there was no scorpion , / There was no hyena , there was no lion , / There was no wild dog , no wolf , / There was no fear , no terror , / Man had no rival . ’
23 Once upon a time , there was waking , which was slow and painful , and then quite a long period , replete with chances and triumphs and defeats and risks , which sometimes , though not always , ended in lunch .
24 Once upon a time he had read a quite terrifying number of books and accumulated an equally terrifying number of opinions about them .
25 Once upon a time a few years ago it was realised that the costs of circuits from the Post Office to broadcast choral evensong ‘ live ’ easily outstripped the courtesy fees paid to the participants .
26 However , once upon a time the mathematician was a child too .
27 It has a ‘ once upon a time ’ approach and , while avoiding negative criticisms of New Age philosophies , it takes the reader on a tour of some of the more positive Christian beliefs .
28 This could be heard approaching from some distance off , owing to its lack of an exhaust pipe , and was known around the camp as the Green Devil because it had , once upon a time , been that colour all over , instead of just in places as now .
29 Safety was , once upon a time , an issue that concerned the opposition to nuclear power .
30 ONCE upon a time , farmyard ‘ muck ’ was a subject of little interest outside the farm .
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