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before adv.:
1. in front Shr. III. ii. 58 “near-legg'd before,” Mac. V. vii. 75 [viii. 46] “Had he his hurts before?”
2. “God before,” with God as our leader H5 I. ii. 307.
3. “the better foot before,” put your best foot foremost John IV. ii. 170, Tit. II. iii. 192.
4. used adj. earlier, previous H5 IV. i. 182 “beforebreach of the king's laws.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.7
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.8
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 4.1
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