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ahead of (one's)/its time

More advanced or innovative than is or was typical in a particular era. That 19th-century scientist was definitely ahead of his time with his detailed plan of space travel. I can't believe that movie is from the 1950s—it's so progressive and way ahead of its time.
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ahead of time

Earlier than a given deadline. If we get to the theater ahead of time, we'll have our pick of good seats. My term paper isn't due until next week, but I finished it ahead of time.
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*ahead of one's time

Fig. having ideas or attitudes that are too advanced to be acceptable in the present. (*Typically: be ~; think ~.) Sue's grandmother was ahead of her time in wanting to study medicine.
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*ahead of time

beforehand; before the announced time. (*Typically: arrive ~; get there ~; leave ~; show up ~.) If you show up ahead of time, you will have to wait. Be there ahead of time if you want to get a good seat.
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ahead of one's time

In advance of current ideas, customs, or methods, as in His treatment of light showed this painter to be well ahead of his time, or Wearing trousers and smoking cigars marked Amy Lowell as a woman ahead of her time. This idiom uses time in the sense of "era" or "generation," a usage at least a thousand years old. The phrase is usually but not always used to express approval. [First half of 1900s]
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ahead of time

Earlier, sooner, as in The meeting was scheduled for three o'clock, but most people arrived ahead of time. [Early 1900s]
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ahead of your (or its) time

innovative and radical by the standards of the time.
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PEP LIJNDERS is "ahead of his time" and Liverpool will reap the benefits of his return to Jurgen Klopp's coach staff.
This bilingual collection of translated essays provides a deeply personal account of Jonathan Franzen's encounter with an Austrian writer ahead of his time. Footnotes throughout simultaneously converse with and interpret Kraus (1874-1936).
Sir Benjamin was a bit ahead of his time in fighting against the abuse of election expenses and in campaigning for the right of people to have church services in Welsh.
Since Bandit Queen, Bedi produced critically acclaimed films like Fire and Maqbool and says he was quite ahead of his time.
You have some great sportsmen like Muhammad Ali, Michael Schumacher and Michael Jordan, and he's come along in jump racing and is 20 years ahead of his time.
And while asserting that he learned plenty from all of them, interestingly Money picks out Venglos, much-maligned by many Villa fans for his brief spell in charge, as most influential - and "10 years ahead of his time".
Well, even though the Kop legend caused controversy with that exact statement, it appears he was ahead of his time.
Caesar, a man way ahead of his time, was determined to change the Republic into a multi-cultural meritocracy, fit to govern its growing empire for the good of all its disparate peoples.
Shankly was 40 years ahead of his time with his management techniques, and is used as an example to aspiring managers wishing to know how to instill self-belief and confidence into their players.
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a writer ahead of his time. The War of the Worlds was inspired by an Italian astronomer who wrote of the "canali" he saw on Mars in 1894.
He was ahead of his time in appreciating that you did not need to water down what yon believed in order to find unity.
Chapter two addresses Williams's relations with Native Americans, one place where he earned considerable plaudits in his lifetime, even from his critics, and where he was far ahead of his time. His missionary efforts have often been overlooked.
An untutored maverick who was shunned by the establishment, he now appears as a prophet, far ahead of his time, and timeless in what he proposed and built.
Whiteman was well ahead of his time, hiring black musicians and fiercely defending them when it was not politically correct to do so.