beforemath

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Etymology[edit]

From before +‎ math (a mowing), by analogy with aftermath.

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beforemath (plural beforemaths)

  1. What precedes or produces a particular outcome; events that have yet to occur, or are in the process of occurring.
    • 1984, David Langford, The Leaky Establishment, Cosmos Books (2003), ISBN 1592241255, page 46:
      In the dismal beforemath of Tuesday morning's NPIWP meeting — the concentrated essence of dentists' waiting rooms, with a tinge of what condemned men might have felt before the drop — Tappen was brooding on deadlines.

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