What is "Light years away"?


Could you please tell me the meaning and use of:

“Light years away”?

Thanks in advance



Hi Tom,

I think you mean: Light years away. It means far, far into the future. It comes from the idea of the time it takes for the light of a star to reach planet earth. You could say; The time when man stops fighting man is sadly still light years away.


Hi Tom

“Light years (away)” can also be used figuratively to talk about an extreme distance or difference between two things that have been compared.


Dear Amy

Would you mind if I asked you to give one example each? :shock:

Many, many thanks in advance


Hi Tom

Off the top of my head, some figurative examples:

“Many experts say that researchers are still light-years away from a cure for AIDS.”

“Their opinions are light-years apart.”


Can’t thank you enough! :smiley:

PS: still awake :!: :?: :shock:

Must be 1:0’ clock?


Yes, Tom, but I’ll be hitting the hay shortly.
It must be much later where you are. :lol:


You see! With this constant flow of learning who would wish to hit the hay? Well, this is a new expression for me to learn…and a beautiful one also.It is almost 5 in the morning here and I have to get up at 6:30 :smiley:


You have to get up at 6:30?! Get up from your chair is more like it, I guess. :lol:
Sounds like hitting the hay won’t do you much good at this point. :shock: