before time

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*before someone's time

happening before someone was born or old enough to know what was going on. (*Typically: be ~; happen ~; occur ~.) Of course I don't remember it. It was before my time. All that happened before your time.
See also: before, time

before your time

during a period when you were not active or alive I don't know how old the bridge is, but I know it was built well before my time.
See also: before, time