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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of exist.


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  • The town has been a wellness destination for almost two millennia, since long before the term existed.

    Where Health Springs Eternal

  • The term existed long before Bush took office and has been applied to terrorists in the West, including the IRA.

    Larisa Alexandrovna: Andrew Sully and Moore Disorder

  • While underfunded, Little Rock's black schools had a distinguished tradition, teaching black pride before the term existed and black history before there were any texts.

    Through a Lens, Darkly

  • Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Though often labeled as blues music, The Nighthawks' signature fusion of rock, jump jazz and roadhouse blues is recognizable as roots rock in its truest form - even though the band was making it decades before the term existed.


  • Enron executives Kenneth Lay, Jeff Skilling and white collar crimes -- emblemized the bad side of the one percent before the term existed.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • Peter Cooper, a self-taught industrialist, inventor and social reformer, founded the college with the mission of making higher education available to all; it was among the first to admit blacks, women, students of any religion and those who could not pay, making it need-blind long before the term existed.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The venerable, well-toured ensemble made roots-rock music decades before the term existed.


  • "The High Desert region was a tea-party region before the term existed," Johnson said.

    Victorville Daily Press :

  • "Black Venus" has a bookended structure, opening in a Paris operating theater in 1815, when her body is dissected by scientists looking to prove their social Darwinist theories (before the term existed).

  • While not always with the same players, he had been running the same RPG campaign since before the term existed as we know it.

    Critical Hits


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