ahead of time


1. before something happens, earlier than expected






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get somewhere/complete something ahead of time

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The expression to be 'ahead of time' means 'before a planned time' or 'earlier than expected'. It can be used in any context, social or professional, and you can relate it to anything that starts or ends before the scheduled or agreed time.

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  1. The way things are progressing with the construction of the new building; it will be ready weeks ahead of time.
  2. I told my friend that I wasn't sure if I could meet him at 2 tomorrow, but I said I'd get back to him ahead of time to let him know.

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  1. I prepared for what I was going to say in the meeting ahead of time. I wanted to make sure I got my point across clearly.
  2. Ian got to the office ahead of time to make sure it was all set up for the arrival of the company's CEO.

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