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  • prior to the expected time; early.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. before the usual time or the time expected


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  • When I train people on how to improve their presentations, I apply Zig’s mental jukebox more broadly to include all the ways we can arm ourselves ahead of time for the presentations in our lives.

    Life Is a Series of Presentations

  • Amon had problems knowing ahead of time what his man'd say?

    the ship who sang

  • The salad itself is made by hand, not pulled from a plastic bag, not thrown together ahead of time by the restaurants bottom-rung cook/apprentice and then left to sit out in the air until you happen by.

    The Italian Summer

  • I was at the station with a carriage at least half an hour ahead of time and I walked the platform of the old Twenty-seventh Street station of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, back and forth, looking at my watch every five minutes and wondering if the train would ever come.

    The Romance and Tragedy

  • I had told the girls ahead of time that we would be seeing some great wealth on that dayit is the oldest winter resort in the worldbut, really, St. Moritz reminded me more of Lake Placid, the sleepy Adirondack ski town, than Beverly Hills or Palm Beach.

    The Italian Summer

  • However, someone must have told Saturninus and Glaucia ahead of time that their names were going to be missing, because when the Assembly met, it was stuffed with hired gladiators and other bully-boys not normally to be found attending meetings of the Comitia.

    The First Man in Rome

  • “Shouldn’t I have some idea ahead of time what that might be?”

    Dexter in the Dark

  • Composed of knights, the jury had decided ahead of time that it was going to side with Servilius the Augur, who was a knight elevated to the Senate by his patron Ahenobarbus Pontifex Maximus.

    The First Man in Rome


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