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advance (something) to (one)
To pay one ahead of schedule. Maria's boss advanced next week's paycheck to her so that she could pay her car repair bill. Unfortunately, you'll have to submit the piece in order to get paid. We never advance payment to anyone. I know I'm not supposed to get paid till next Thursday, but is there any chance you could advance the money to me now?
advance (up)on (something or some place)
To move forward or maneuver toward a location or goal, such as in a military offensive or a similarly coordinated march or effort. The army advanced upon the enemy capital. After gathering at city hall, the protesters advanced on the senator's office. Those two countries have long been on the brink of all-out war. I would not be surprised to see one advance upon the other at the slightest provocation.
A notification, signal, or sign that something is going to happen or is expected to happen. I know that we were all surprised that Dad decided to move to China, but I think his learning Mandarin last year was something of an advance notice. The whole family getting together is basically an advance notice that there will be a fight before the end of the night! Hmm, the print quality is still terrible. I guess that "low ink" message I saw earlier this week was a bit of an advance notice, huh?
advance the ball
In sports such as basketball and football, to move the ball closer to the goal (i.e. the basket or end zone). They were unable to advance the ball on fourth down, so their opponent took possession. If they can't advance the ball on this play, it's game over. Say goodbye to your hopes of a comeback. It's a set play where they advance the ball and then take a shot right at the buzzer.
advance toward (something or some place)
To move forward or maneuver toward a location or goal The army advanced toward the enemy capital. I crossed the street to avoid the strange man advancing toward me. If they can't advance toward the endzone on this play, it's game over. Say goodbye to your hopes of a comeback.
any advance on (something)
1. A phrase used by an auctioneer to try to increase the bids at an auction. I've got $500! Any advance on $500? I've got $350, any advance on $350? No? OK, going once, going twice, sold! To the gentleman in the big fluffy hat. Our opening bid is $75! Any advance on $75?
2. By extension, a way to ask if something has progressed. Any advance on that project I assigned you last week? A: "Any advance in the negotiations?" B: "No, the parties are still at a stalemate." He never called you back? I'd been wondering if you'd had any advance on this, but I guess not.
be ahead of (someone's or something's) time
To be more innovative than can be properly appreciated during the time that someone or something is producing such innovation. He was really ahead of his time with this music—critics in the 1970s just couldn't see it. That show was really ahead of its time tackling issues like that.
be in advance of (someone's or something's) time
To be more innovative than can be properly appreciated during the time that someone or something is producing such innovation. He was really in advance of his time with this music—critics in the 1970s just couldn't see it.
Prior to something else, such as the start of something, a deadline, or the occurrence of an event. Unfortunately, you'll have to submit the piece in order to get paid. We never pay in advance. I like to check out the route in advance so I don't run into any surprises when I'm driving to my interview.
in advance of (someone or something)
Before; ahead of. You'll need to get a drug test in advance of starting this job. He was really in advance of his time with this music—critics in the 1970s just couldn't see it. How did you leave in advance of us and still get here after us?
To approach someone in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce someone. Terry was fired after he began making advances at his secretary. I really wish I could go out to a bar or a club without a half dozen men making advances.
make advances at (one)
To approach one in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce one. Terry was fired after he began making advances at his secretary. I really wish I could go out to a bar or a club without a half dozen men making advances at me.
make advances to (one)
To approach one in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce one. Terry was fired after he began making advances to his secretary. I really wish I could go out to a bar or a club without a half dozen men making advances to me.
on advance notice
With a notification, signal, or sign ahead of time that something is going to happen or is expected to happen. I can only give a speech on advance notice so that I have time to settle my nerves. It seems clear that he was able to prepare his answers to the committee's questions on advance notice.
pay (for something) in advance
To make a payment before one collects or receives the thing being purchased. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used after "pay" to specify who is being paid. You'll have to pay them in advance for the tickets. You can reserve the new computer online, and you don't have to pay for it in advance. I hope you didn't pay him for the work in advance.
thank you in advance
An expression of gratitude said to someone in written communication, especially email, when one has asked them to do something, answer a question, or provide some information. Please let me know as soon as you have confirmation from the board. Thank you in advance. Thank you in advance for your help with this issue.
thanks in advance
An expression of gratitude said to someone in written communication, especially email, when one has asked them to do something, answer a question, or provide some information. Please let me know as soon as you have confirmation from the board. Thanks in advance.
with advance notice
Following or having a notification, signal, or sign that something is going to happen or is expected to happen in the near future. If you provide us with advance notice, we'll be able to arrange for a car to meet you at the airport. Mary's brother and his wife and kids just showed up at our door with no advance notice, expecting us to host them for a week and a half. I could have planned a much better dinner with a bit of advance notice, you know!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
advance something to someone or something (against something)
to make an early payment of a sum of money promised or owed to a person or organization. We advanced the money to Tom against his next month's salary.
advance to(ward) someone or something
to move forward in the direction of someone or something. The line of people slowly advanced to the door of the theater.
advance (up)on someone or something
to move toward someone or something. (Typically in military maneuvers or in team sports, such as American football. Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) They advanced upon the town, firing their rifles and shouting.
[of something given, paid, or provided] before it is due. The bill isn't due for a month, but I paid it in advance. I want my pay in advance.
make advances to someoneand make advances at someone
to flirt with someone; to begin to seduce someone. She began making advances to me, and I left the room. Mary made advances at every male she encountered.
pay in advance
to pay (for something) before it is received or delivered. I want to make a special order. Will I have to pay in advance? Yes, please pay in advance.
with advance noticeand on advance notice
with some kind of notification or indication that something is going to happen or is expected before it actually happens. We are happy to provide special meals for anyone with advance notice.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Beforehand, ahead of time. For example, He insisted on being paid half his fee in advance.
2. in advance of. In front of, as in The point man moved in advance of the squad. [Mid-1600s]
1. Attempt to make someone's acquaintance or make overtures, as in The ambassador knew that the ministers would soon make advances to him. [Late 1600s]
2. Approach amorously or sexually, as in His wife accused him of making advances to the nanny. [c. 1700] Also see make a pass at.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
any advance on —?any higher bid than —?
This phrase is said by an auctioneer to elicit a higher bid, and so is used figuratively as a query about general progress in a particular matter.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
in adˈvance (of something)before the time that is expected; before something happens: a week/month/year in advance ♢ It’s cheaper if you book the tickets in advance. ♢ People were evacuated from the coastal regions in advance of the hurricane. OPPOSITE: in the wake of somebody/something
be ahead of/before/in advance of your ˈtimehave ideas or invent things before people are ready to accept them: He was sure that it was possible to fly to the moon, but he was ahead of his time and people laughed at him. ♢ She was a feminist before her time. OPPOSITE: be behind the times
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
advance onor advance upon
To move increasingly closer to someone or something: On the last lap of the race, I looked back and saw the other runners advancing on me. The army advanced upon the enemy's position.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Thanks in advanceand TIA
phr. & comp. abb. an expression of gratitude given in advance of the hoped-for receipt of an answer to a question. I hope you can help me. TIA. Bob.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Ahead of time; beforehand.
in advance of
In front of; ahead of.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.