in advance

[in advance] or [in advance of] {adv. phr.} 1. In front; ahead (ofthe others); first.

In the parade, the band will march in advanceof the football team.

The soldiers rode out of the fort with thescouts in advance.

2. Before doing or getting something.

The motelman told Mr. Williams he would have to pay in advance.

Thepaperhanger mixed his paste quite a while in advance so it would havetime to cool.

It will be easier to decorate the snack bar if wecut the streamers in advance of the actual decorating.