EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adverb, adjective in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time: We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report. Origin of beforehand
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Examples from the Web for before-hand Historical Examples of before-hand
I didn't mean to let any one see it
before-hand, but you are a dear old thing, and you shall.
He shows all to Forster
before-hand, and consults him as to plot, characters, etc.
Nor can you get
before-hand of the Constitution, and do it by anticipation.
I desire the world then to let it pass; for, to tell them a truth—you have paid me for it
Only He would warn Eli
before-hand, for the old priest was His servant. British Dictionary definitions for before-hand adjective, adverb (postpositive) early; in advance; in anticipation she came an hour beforehand
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Word Origin and History for before-hand adv., adj.
before-hand, early 13c., from before + hand, which here is of uncertain signification, unless the original notion is payment in advance or something done before another's hand does it. Hyphenated from 18c., one word from 19c.
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