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ahead of (someone or something's) time

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.
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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 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/its time

COMMON If someone or something is ahead of their time, they have or show ideas that are so modern that most people have not accepted them yet. My mother was ahead of her time. She surrounded me with culture and art. The idea was too far ahead of its time, and had attracted some amusement locally. Note: You can also say that someone or something is before their time. His only mistake, he insists, is that he was 20 years before his time.
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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.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter of condolence on June 16, after the death of the former German chancellor, Helmut Kohl, to the president and chancellor of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Angela Merkel, in which he stressed that Kohl had been ahead of his time and had brought well-being to German citizens.
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.