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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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The assassin taunts Eve's husband Niko (Owen McDonnell) but, when Villanelle grows close to tech company heir Aaron Peel (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), it is Eve's turn to fall victim to petty jealousy.
(2015) BUILDING on an impressive CV, Eve appeared in the second series of Broadchurch as damsel in distress Claire Ripley.
'How do you move from a cat and mouse to a cat and cat?' Another of Killing Eve's talking points has been Jodie Comer's costumes, with homemade versions of the pink Molly Goddard gown she wore with biker boots becoming the Halloween outfit of 2018.
As he and Eve continued surveilling tech genius Aaron Peel in the mansion where Villanelle had been tasked to seduce him, Hugo stepped away to make a phone call.
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Before long, Eve's intuition puts her criminal psychology background and frustrations to good use.
A follow-up seemed never in any doubt and its British makers - who produced it for BBC America - quickly confirmed Killing Eve will be back in April in the US, with an as-yet unreleased date to follow in the UK.
However, since Eve brought Jack back to Salem, there has been an epic tug-of-war between his family and her over trying to get him to remember his life before his alleged death.
However, they have confirmed that their large stores will be closed on Christmas Day, but will open for Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, with reduced trading hours.
With that in mind let's spare a thought for our local supermarket workers, who will be working right up to the wire on Christmas Eve to help you prepare for just such a crisis, with the same being true for New Year's Eve and in many cases, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Adam & Eve Jonesboro LLC is challenging an Arkansas statute defining an adult bookstore.
Eve lives with Silas ("Grandpa"), but when suspected of being a deviant by the Brotherhood, she escapes with Silas; her best friend, Lemon; her personal robot, Cricket; and an android, Ezekiel, who has just found Eve after looking for her for two years.