preface (something) with (doing something)

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preface (something) with (doing something)

To recite something as an introduction to something else. Often used in passive constructions. Let me preface this statement with an unreserved apology for what has happened. We should always preface these board meetings with a reading of the previous meeting's minutes.
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preface something with something

to begin something with a particular message. She prefaced her speech with a recitation of one of her favorite poems. Alice prefaced her remarks with a few personal comments.
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Contemporary critics, however, emphasise that Scott's historical novel may well be "the direct continuation of the great social novel of the eighteenth century", as Luckacs described it (1962 [1989]: 31), and a forerunner of the Victorian novel, but what traditional critics ignored, or considered as its deficiency was a great degree of self-consciousness, most apparent in the prefaces with which Scott supplied most of his texts.
Interpretations in our century usually equate the 'critical' in the title of Johnson's Prefaces with literary criticism per se.
In the earliest letter of that year to mention the prefaces with a definitive date, that to Hester Thrale of 6 April 1780, Johnson writes that 'Addison' and 'Prior' are 'done', that the first is 'long' and the second 'not short'.