[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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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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Example sentences
Buy a ticket online beforehand, or park your car in the line for the ferry,
  then dash out and buy your ticket in the office.
Anchor the frame by bolting or pour concrete piles beforehand as you would for
  any fence.
The players that don't play, they know it beforehand.
Pound this together with sixteen finely chopped hazelnuts, which you can toast
  or not beforehand.
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