before time


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before (one's) time

Before one's tenure or before one was born. A: "Have you ever seen this show?" B: "No, sorry, it's before my time." I don't know how that project was organized—it was before my time.
See also: before, time

*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