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[uh-fawr-hand, uh-fohr-] /əˈfɔrˌhænd, əˈfoʊr-/
adverb, Older Use.
Origin of aforehand
1400-50; late Middle English. See afore, hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She lives reputably, and is, as I find, aforehand in the world.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • If my folks had asked me aforehand I'd a-been named plain John.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And he never would have let this yer come on me, if he could have seed it aforehand.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The apprehensions of women on such subjects are ever aforehand with speech.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I came to tell you of it; but I considered it my religious duty to inwestigate your paternal feelings concerning me aforehand.

  • I tell you this, Jerry—there never was a buildin' job finished at any time spoke of aforehand.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • Methinks, the blinking and false lights of their shops should have minded them of their quarter, in the other world, aforehand.

  • Next to these he affects lotteries naturally, and bequeaths the best prize in his will aforehand; when his hopes fall he's blank.

  • He took the bridle in his hand and rode forth, the host nigh to him; and at his side went he who had betrayed him aforehand.

    The Romance of Morien Jessie L. Weston
  • You serve me such a imperant trick again, as to bring my ale a quarter of a hour aforehand, that's all!

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood

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