Something that has gone before has happened or been discussed at an earlier time.
If you do something before dark, you do it before the sun sets and night begins .
If you say that something will happen or happened before long, you mean that it will happen or happened soon.
before tax has been deducted ; gross
If you lay an idea or piece of information before someone, you present it to them in detail, usually in order to obtain their approval or advice .
age before beauty:
(often said humorously when yielding precedence ) older people take precedence over younger people
before one's time:
before the fact:
before the commission of the offence
before the mast:
as an apprentice seaman
before the wind:
with the wind coming from astern
before your eyes:
if something happens before your eyes, it happens directly in front of you, and you cannot do anything to stop it or change it
before your time:
If you say that something was before your time, you mean that it happened or existed before you were born or before you were able to know about it or remember it.
a date on packaged food indicating how long it is safe to keep it
leg before wicket:
a manner of dismissal on the grounds that a batsman has been struck on the leg by a bowled ball that otherwise would have hit the wicket
not before time:
If you say not before time after a statement has been made about something that has been done, you are saying in an emphatic way that you think it should have been done sooner .
a test which compares the state or function of something before intervention or modification, and after it
carry all before one:
to win unanimous support or approval for oneself
carry all before you:
to achieve great success in a task or competition
have heard sth before:
If you say that you have heard something before, you mean that you are not interested in it, or do not believe it, or are not surprised about it, because you already know about it or have experienced it.
lull before the storm:
If you describe a situation as the lull before the storm, you mean that although it is calm now, there is going to be trouble in the future .
cast pearls before swine:
to waste your time by offering something that is helpful or valuable to someone who does not appreciate or understand it
run before you can walk:
to try to do something which is very difficult or advanced before you have made sure that you can successfully achieve something simpler
the sb/sth before last:
You use expressions such as the night before last, the election before last and the leader before last to refer to the period of time, event, or person that came immediately before the most recent one in a series .
to carry all before you:
If a person or team carries all before them, they succeed very easily .
the calm before the storm:
You can use the calm before the storm to refer to a quiet period in which there is little or no activity, before a period in which there is a lot of trouble or intense activity.
to cast pearls before swine:
If you say that someone is casting pearls before swine, you mean that they are wasting their time by offering something that is helpful or valuable to someone who does not appreciate or understand it.
past the hour/before the hour:
If you want to state the time exactly, you can give a number of minutes followed by before the hour or past the hour .
put the cart before the horse:
to do things in the wrong order
leg before wicket
before you could say Jack Robinson:
said to mean that something happened very suddenly and quickly
place sth above/before/over sth:
If you place one thing above, before, or over another, you think that the first thing is more important than the second and you show this in your behaviour .
to put the cart before the horse:
If you say that someone is putting the cart before the horse, you mean that they are doing things in the wrong order.
accessory before (or after) the fact:
a person who, though absent at the commission of a felony, aids or abets the accused before (or after) its commission
ahead of your time before one's time:
If someone is ahead of their time or before their time, they have new ideas a long time before other people start to think in the same way .
before/in front of/under your eyes:
If you say that something happens before your eyes, in front of your eyes, or under your eyes, you are emphasizing that it happens where you can see it clearly and often implying that it is surprising or unpleasant .
count one's chickens before they are hatched:
to be overoptimistic in acting on expectations which are not yet fulfilled
a red rag to a bull:
something which always makes a particular person very angry
EBIT is the amount of profit that a person or company receives before interest and taxes have been deducted .
don't count your chickens:
said to mean that you should not make plans for the future because you do not know for certain how a particular situation will develop
earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization