ahead of time

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*ahead of one's time

Fig. having ideas or attitudes that are too advanced to be acceptable in the present. (*Typically: be ~; think ~.) Sue's grandmother was ahead of her time in wanting to study medicine.
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*ahead of time

beforehand; before the announced time. (*Typically: arrive ~; get there ~; leave ~; show up ~.) If you show up ahead of time, you will have to wait. Be there ahead of time if you want to get a good seat.
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ahead of time

before something happens We'd better buy our tickets ahead of time if we want to avoid waiting in a long line.
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ahead of your time

also before your time
having very modern ideas The inventor was years ahead of his time in realizing the importance of being able to record sound. Taylor's ideas have been before his time on many occasions.
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ahead of time

Earlier, sooner, as in The meeting was scheduled for three o'clock, but most people arrived ahead of time. [Early 1900s]
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Participants conduct solo and panel sessions - with large crowds at many sessions, so arrive ahead of time for the ones you really, really must attend
I study the trustee papers, arrive ahead of time and stay behind to talk to the staff.
A: As I said, research the place to death ahead of time, using the Internet or whatever other resources you can put your hands on, dress well, arrive ahead of time for the appointment, don't wear killing perfume or aftershave, have hair neatly trimmed or coiffed, smile when you enter the room, meet their eyes, give a firm (but not crushing) handshake, sit down when invited to, but lean forward a little bit in the chair.
When the bull-dozers arrive ahead of time, the camp erupts into a violent scene.
Please leave backpacks, large handbags and other prohibited items at home or in your car and arrive ahead of time to allow for the screening.