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before-time, before-days

[Car.; cf. OED before-times adv..- 1647] n. an earlier period: Before-time was better than now (Nassau). (Black)

adj. pertaining to an earlier period: Children of today ain' like before-days children (Andros). I could tell you a before-time story bout B' Robby (Crooked). (Black)

adv. 1. formerly: 1977 Beforetime didn't had no creatures around here (Shilling 117). (Black) 2. before one's time: He dead beforetime (Nassau). (Black)

Tags: adjective, adverb, folktales, noun, time

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Last update: 2011-10-20 04:50
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.4

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