To be beforehand with

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To be beforehand with to forestall in any action
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. beforan. See Fore.

Usage

In literature:

But fortune, as you say, turns the wheel, and I desire to be beforehand with her revolutions.
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Cassim left Ali Baba, meaning to be beforehand with him and get the treasure for himself.
"The Blue Fairy Book" by Various
Stimulated by nature she sat and brooded, and brooded, and thought, and thought, how to be beforehand with destitution.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Well, perhaps you might think it wise, in your own interests, to be beforehand with him.
"The Lesser Bourgeoisie" by Honore de Balzac
Raleigh, forewarned, determined to be beforehand with him.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
There is likewise less need in the case of this opera than, I think, any other of Wagner's, to be familiar beforehand with the argument.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
But fortune, as you say, turns the wheel, and I desire to be beforehand with her revolutions.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Do not suffer him to be beforehand with us in the attack.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
Cassim left Ali Baba, meaning to be beforehand with him and get the treasure himself.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Various
They resolved to be beforehand with it.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
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In science:

In such a case the catalog of ob jects with – presumably – accurate positions has to be prepared beforehand based on a stacked average of frames or by averaging positions resulting from measurements of several frames.
A simple method of correcting magnitudes for the errors introduced by atmospheric refraction
To solve a triangle means to find all its side lengths and all its interior angles, with only some of these data being known beforehand.
How to compute $\sum 1/n^2$ by solving triangles
In a priori methods, the syntax or the semantics of the formal notation is restricted beforehand, in order to guarantee that the model of any system described with it will be exempt from time advancement problems.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
The SDE for Γt (ς ) tells us that the total mass at the root evolves according to a weighted measure of the Brownian noise being inputted, with the weights prescribed by the polymer measure at the time infinitesimally beforehand.
Diffusions of Multiplicative Cascades
Monte-Carlo system with N particles, this has to be computed beforehand.
Perfect simulation for the Feynman-Kac law on the path space
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