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ahead of (someone's 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. That 19th-century scientist was definitely ahead of his time with his detailed plan of space travel.
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ahead of time

Earlier than is usual, expected, or required. 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. I knew ahead of time that they had a surprise party planned, but I acted shocked anyway because I didn't want to disappoint them.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.

ahead of/behind ˈtime

early/late: He arrived ahead of time, and had to wait.The trains are running behind time again today.
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Following a celebration event at the boarding gate hosted by Hong Kong Airlines, flight HX061 departed from San Francisco at noon and is scheduled to arrive ahead of time on early Monday evening.
Guests are requested to arrive ahead of time as the event will be on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to capacity.
Participants conduct solo and panel sessions - with large crowds at many sessions, so arrive ahead of time for the ones you really, really must attend!
I study the trustee papers, arrive ahead of time and stay behind to talk to the staff.
A: As I said, research the place to death ahead of time, using the Internet or whatever other resources you can put your hands on, dress well, arrive ahead of time for the appointment, don't wear killing perfume or aftershave, have hair neatly trimmed or coiffed, smile when you enter the room, meet their eyes, give a firm (but not crushing) handshake, sit down when invited to, but lean forward a little bit in the chair.
They never arrive ahead of time. The key consequence of PDV is that slaves need to receive multiple timestamps and apply sophisticated algorithms to compute the precise offset correction for any timestamp.