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Before. Prior to going back to school, he worked in a restaurant. Prior to moving away, I used to live in that neighborhood.
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prior

n. a prior arrest. (Underworld.) This guy has about fifteen priors.
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Building had come to a halt after the death of archbishop Simon Sudbury and in the first year of his priorate Chillenden recommenced construction.
Bruni's scorn of the ruthless yet gifted Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, at whose thirteenth-century court the sonnet was invented--a crucial literary development because it leads into a new fashion in silent reading but which he omits--rests awkwardly beside his references to Dante, whose son Piero was a personal friend, as "driven into exile owing to the envy he had aroused during his priorate [in Florence]" and the historian's proper regret that the poet's "house was seized, his estates .
Orlandini assembled this collection of seven theological treatises, including the three Gymnastica, in 1518, and inserted sundry comments, fragments of dialogues about the works, and notes on monastery guests into its interstices in order to present us, Celenza argues, with an imagined, idealized portrait of Camaldolese life during the priorate of Guido da Settimo.
24] To be sure, the site problem was not one to be underestimated in the contentious, fractious democratic regime in which vociferously competing voices in city councils and among the priorate made all firm decisions difficult.
From these names he generates a list of 417 lineages, which he subdivides into an inner elite of 110 consisting of those represented by four or more names in the catasti (which includes nearly all the families who had been members of the priorate more than 25 times), and two lower elites distinguished by a reduced number of appearances in catasti and the priorate.
In my opinion, the best words in this list are the nine-letter PRIORATES and the unexpected CATARRH.