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    The first definition in the dictionary is
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    be·fore: adverb or adjective bi-ˈfȯr, bē-\
    : at an earlier time

    I'd say time is generally accepted to be a physical dimension. Let's save the metaphysics for the higher dimensions of thought and meaning, or spirituality if you're so inclined.

    It's just journalese. Journalism has devolved into copycat phrasing. One of the great strengths of the English language is its enormous vocabulary that offers so much nuance to get correct semantics. Journalese is a counter-movement that reduces vocabulary by unconscious consent ie "trendy", thereby disposing of nuance. That's GWB territory.

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