prior to, fore, by the time, before, of, ahead of, early, barely, first, previous, prior, since, previous to, advance, to, afore, earlier.
yet they could perfectly believe Gongylus, an express was brought from Gylippus, to bid them go forth to meet him.
" As for Annie- she must have given me up for dead long ere
now," he said to himself.
He commanded me to be brought again before him ere
I was bound to the pile.