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  1. (chiefly in representations of African American Vernacular) Eye dialect spelling of before.
    • 1941, Work Projects Administration, “Arkansas Narratives: Volume 7”, in Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States[1]:
      She carried me to a young woman to nurse for her what she nursed at Mostor Wilks befo freedom.
    • 1993 October 8, Jonathan Rosenbaum, “Bunuel's Neglected Masterpiece”, in Chicago Reader[2]:
      I use t'know when Mom was alive, befo Gramps brot me out here," Meersman replies in a delivery so flat as to make her seem not so much a bad actress as a nonactress.



be +‎ fo


befo, be fo

  1. Connects the following sumti to the previous sumti as an internal sumti (subordinate (relative) clause) which is the previous sumti's x4 argument.