Definition of before time in English:

before time

phrase

  • Before the due or expected time.

    • ‘But I don't think there's any real excuse for those who left before time.’
    • ‘But the enchanting music is here well before time.’
    • ‘With an equal drive and devotion to achieving what some would think impossible, unrealistic targets were set very early and reached well before time.’
    • ‘Not before time he has been served with an anti-social behaviour order.’
    • ‘He was very efficient and though there were 3 of us in the rickshaw instead of the usual 2, he got us to Puraniya crossing well before time.’
    • ‘Not before time, an organised effort is under way to raise the standard of management and leadership in Scotland's public sector.’
    premature, early, too early, too soon, before time
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