in anticipation; in advance; ahead of time:
We should have made reservations beforehand. I hope to be beforehand with my report.
I didn’t mean to let any one see it before-hand, but you are a dear old thing, and you shall.
The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
He shows all to Forster before-hand, and consults him as to plot, characters, etc.
John Forster Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald
The Bishop made a movement, but Holes was before-hand with him.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, August 12th 1893 Various
Only He would warn Eli before-hand, for the old priest was His servant.
The Babe in the Bulrushes Amy Steedman
On p. 274, the word ‘beforehand’ was broken across two lines; it was arbitrarily made ‘beforehand’ rather than ‘before-hand’.
The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10) Alexander Pope
The Sergeant was before-hand with me in opening the door for her.
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
It would more encurrege to wed, iff so be one know’d it before-hand, as one may say.
Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
He never undertook any thing without consulting him before-hand; and the divine decrees were his only rule.
The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18) John Dryden
Nor can you get before-hand of the Constitution, and do it by anticipation.
American Eloquence, Volume II. (of 4) Various
He was heir to a decent fortune, and of course thought himself justified in spending it before-hand.
The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
early; in advance; in anticipation: she came an hour beforehand
also before-hand, early 13c., from before + hand, which here is of uncertain signification, unless the original notion is payment in advance or something done before another’s hand does it. Hyphenated from 18c., one word from 19c.
adjective already or previously mentioned; aforementioned Historical Examples The slaves are taken, as beforementioned, from cotton and tobacco, and are furnished by the Southern States. The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831 Various Their sea voyage terminated as beforementioned, on the 8th of August, by their actually entering that river. The Mirror of Literature, […]
to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest. Historical Examples All commingled, so that the uncleanness of one befouled all, and the wickedness of one contaminated all. Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20) Charles Sumner Marry, thy jerkin is all befouled with the dust of […]
to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid: to befriend the poor and the weak. Contemporary Examples He befriended Britons Alan and Cindy Thompson, who were on a brief vacation in the Algarve in the summer of 2007. Did He Steal Madeleine McCann? Barbie Latza Nadeau November 27, 2012 […]
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises. to make stupidly drunk. Contemporary Examples One former Media Research Center employee reacted to the news with a deep sense of befuddlement, “I thought everyone knew it.” Ex-Employees of Conservative Figure L. Brent Bozell Say He Didn’t Write His Books […]