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

  Or \Or\, prep. & adv. [AS. ?r ere, before. [root]204. See Ere,
     prep. & adv.]
     Ere; before; sooner than. [Obs.]
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           But natheless, while I have time and space,
           Or that I forther in this tale pace.     --Chaucer.
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     Or ever, Or ere. See under Ever, and Ere.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ever \Ev"er\adv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to
     Aye,+Age,{Evry">AS. [=a] always. Cf. Aye, Age,{Evry, Never.]
     [Sometimes contracted into e'er.]
     1. At any time; at any period or point of time.
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              No man ever yet hated his own flesh.  --Eph. v. 29.
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     2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.
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              He shall ever love, and always be
              The subject of by scorn and cruelty.  --Dryder.
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     3. Without cessation; continually.
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     Note: Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of
           enforcement. "His the old man e'er a son?" --Shak.
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                 To produce as much as ever they can. --M. Arnold.
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     Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon.
     Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to
        intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated
        adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never. "Let
        him be ever so rich." --Emerson.
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              And all the question (wrangle e'er so long),
              Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. --Pope.
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              You spend ever so much money in entertaining your
              equals and betters.                   --Thackeray.
     For ever, eternally. See Forever.
     For ever and a day, emphatically forever. --Shak.
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              She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful
              laughter, out of sight for ever and day. --Prof.
     Or ever (for or ere), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]
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              Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
              Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio! --Shak.
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     Note: Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen,
           but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever
           memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.
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