in advance

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in advance

  1. Beforehand, ahead of time. For example, He insisted on being paid half his fee in advance.

  2. in advance of. In front of, as in The point man moved in advance of the squad. [Mid-1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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