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on the eve of (something)

Immediately prior to something; just before something. Sometimes literally meaning "on the evening before (something)." Militants attacked the embassy on the eve of the anniversary of the historic peace agreement. She got cold feet on the eve of her wedding and got on a plane to Europe.
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on the eve of something

Fig. just before something, possibly the evening before something. John decided to leave school on the eve of his graduation. The team held a party on the eve of the tournament.
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on the eve of

Just prior to, as in On the eve of the conference the main speaker backed out. This expression uses eve, literally "the night before," more loosely. [Late 1700s]
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DEC 21,22,23 - 7am- 11pm; Christmas Eve - 10am-4pm; Christmas Day - Closed; Boxing Day - Closed; New Year's Eve - Open as normal; New Year's Day - Closed
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Eve says that although the scientific community has traditionally written most of these people off as "ignorant, stupid, or mentally deranged," his data argue that misconceptions about science often trace to deeply held belief systems through which an individual interprets the world.
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It is about Adam and Eve, Saint Michael the Archangel, and Jesus.
announced the formation of a venture with Grimley J R Eve (GJRE), a leading international real estate advisory group based in Britain, with offices throughout the European and Southeast Asian markets.
Classmates of Eve Anderson performed the single Song For Eve at the annual fair on Newcastle Town Moor yesterday.