be forehand


[bih-fawr-hand, -fohr-]
adverb, adjective
in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time: We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report.

1175–1225; Middle English bifor-hand. See before, hand Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
beforehand (bɪˈfɔːˌhænd)
adj, —adv
early; in advance; in anticipation: she came an hour beforehand

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from before + hand, of uncertain signification, unless the original notion is payment in advance. Hyphenated from 18c., one word from 19c.
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