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Afore, prep. 1) before; of place as well as time: “drive all thy subjects a. thee,” H4A II, 4, 152. “with a muffler a. her eyes,” H5 III, 6, 32. “something's a. it,” Cymb. III, 4, 81. “a fortnight a. Michaelmas,” Wiv. I, 1, 212. “I shall be there a. you,” Lr. I, 5, 5 (Qq before).
2) in presence of, in the face of: “here, a. heaven, I ratify this my rich gift,” Tp. IV, 1, 7. “she makes our profession to stink a. the face of the gods,” Per. IV, 6, 145. a. God! == by God! R2 II, 1, 200. R2 II, 1, 200 Rom. II, 4, 170. IV, 2, 31. a. me! == by my life, by my soul: “a. me, it is so late,” Rom. III, 4, 34. “a. me, a handsome fellow,” Per. II, 1, 84 (cf Before and Fore).
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.5
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.4
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 3.6
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