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 for beforehand
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beforehand \Be*fore"hand`\, adv. [Before + hand.]
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     1. In a state of anticipation ore preoccupation; in advance;
        -- often followed by with.
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              Agricola . . . resolves to be beforehand with the
              danger.                               --Milton.
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              The last cited author has been beforehand with me.
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     2. By way of preparation, or preliminary; previously;
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              They may be taught beforehand the skill of speaking.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beforehand \Be*fore"hand`\, a.
     In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
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           Rich and much beforehand.                --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: ahead of time; in anticipation; "when you pay ahead (or
             in advance) you receive a discount"; "We like to plan
             ahead"; "should have made reservations beforehand" [syn:
             ahead, in advance, beforehand]
      adj 1: being ahead of time or need; "gave advance warning"; "was
             beforehand with her report" [syn: advance(a),

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "beforehand":
     ahead, ahead of time, anachronistic, ante, antedated, before,
     beforetime, behind time, behindhand, betimes, dated, earlier,
     early, fore, foredated, foresightedly, forward, in advance,
     in anticipation, late, metachronistic, misdated, mistimed,
     out of date, out of season, overdue, parachronistic, past due,
     postdated, precociously, previous, prochronistic, sooner, tardy,
     unpunctual, unseasonable

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