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beforehand

[bih-fawr-hand, -fohr-] /bɪˈfɔrˌhænd, -ˈfoʊr-/
adverb, adjective
1.
in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time:
We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English bifor-hand. See before, hand
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beforehand

/bɪˈfɔːˌhænd/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
early; in advance; in anticipation she came an hour beforehand
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Word Origin and History for before-hand
beforehand
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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