One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To act as a precursor to; to herald (something). Also without object: to act as a precursor.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Tait's Magazine. From classical Latin praecurs-, past participial stem of praecurrere to run in front of, precede, in post-classical Latin also to act as a precursor, with remodelling of the second element after course, discourse, recourse, etc.
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