Be ahead of their time - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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be ahead of (someone or something's) time
To be more innovative than can be properly appreciated in someone or something's lifetime. 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 ahead of/before/in advance of your ˈtime have 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