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    the meaning

    What does "before hand" here mean?
    A man`s enemy is still before hand.

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    Re: the meaning

    It doesn't make sense to me. Have you more context?

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    Re: the meaning

    It's from the Essays of Bacon:

    The most tolerable sort of revenge, is for those wrongs which there is no law to remedy; but then let a man take heed, the revenge be such as there is no law to punish; else a man's enemy is still before hand, and it is two for one.

    It means that your enemy is still metaphorically ahead ("beforehand") of you i.e. he still has the advantage.

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Re: the meaning

    Ahh!!!

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