before time

before (one's) time

Predating one's tenure or when one was born. A: "Have you ever seen this show?" B: "No, sorry, it's before my time." I don't know how that project was organized—it was before my time.
See also: before, time
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*before someone's time

happening before someone was born or old enough to know what was going on. (*Typically: be ~; happen ~; occur ~.) Of course I don't remember it. It was before my time. All that happened before your time.
See also: before, time
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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