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avant la lettre

Before something (a word, phrase, name, or specific entity, especially that which is anachronistic) was coined or created. From the French meaning "before the letter." So-called "hipsters" have always existed avant la lettre, but it's only in the last few decades that we've attempted to create a label for them.
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the avant-garde

Collectively, the artists of a particular era, medium, genre, etc., who represent the most innovate practitioners of that particular art form. He was a member of the avant-garde in Paris, but became disillusioned with the constant quest for original ideas.
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Brand dilution is one of the key issues that every CEO should be concerned about," says Mark Vogel, Avant co-director.
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Amarantus shall have the right to appoint two directors to the Avant board of directors, and will assist Avant in bolstering its product development and commercialisation resources to accelerate the further development of the combined company's product pipeline.
Under the deal, Avant issued to Amarantus 80m shares of common stock of Avant Diagnostics, representing approximately 45% of Avant's post-merger common stock, and 10m additional shares of common stock upon achievement of certain sales milestones.
Under the terms of the LOI, upon execution of definitive merger agreements, Avant shall issue to Amarantus 80m shares of common stock of Avant Diagnostics, representing approximately 45% of Avant's post-merger common stock, and 10m additional shares of common stock upon achievement of certain sales milestones.