Definition of be beforehand with in English:

be beforehand with

phrase

archaic
  • Anticipate or forestall:

    ‘he discovered Ash had been beforehand with him’
    • ‘The insurgents entered the City by Lud Gate; but the Government had been beforehand with them.’
    • ‘He tried to get the facts out of Susan, who he was sure would know, but Charlotte had been beforehand with him.’
    • ‘Wherefore the monarchy and hierarchy will be beforehand with it, if they see their true interest.’
    • ‘I cut up along behind the hedge to be beforehand with you.’
    • ‘A little later he returns, and then as likely as not his terms are accepted, unless another has been beforehand with him and bought the lot.’