Examples from the Web for beforehand
In a series of meetings over the past year, Israel laid out to the U.S. beforehand what would trigger a strike in Syria.Israel’s Red Line Crossed, U.S. Tacitly Backs Ally’s Strikes in Syria|Eli Lake|May 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cheap gas has also rendered government-preferred energy sources like solar even more uneconomic than they were beforehand.
Gilligan: That was an idea that we had many months beforehand.‘Breaking Bad’: Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Emmy Nominations|Maria Elena Fernandez|September 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And up until two hours beforehand, he was in the hospital with a kidney stone.
Though his performance went off without a hitch, Rogan was characteristically self-deprecating about it beforehand.Austrian Markus Rogan: Olympic Swimming’s Dark Horse|Robin Arzón|July 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
My reason for not telling you beforehand is that you would not have allowed me to go.The Poison Tree|Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Nature has marked out the path for us beforehand; there are snares in it, but also primroses, and it leads to peace.Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy|George Santayana
It was not known to him beforehand whether his destination lay north, south, east, or west.The Petticoat Commando|Johanna Brandt
"It may be that our coming has been foretold him beforehand," said Heregar.King Alfred's Viking|Charles W. Whistler
He consoled himself with the reflection, however, that nobody had told him so beforehand.The Day of Wrath|Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for beforehand
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
Word Origin and History for beforehand
also 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.