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forerunner

noun [C]     /ˈfɔːˌrʌn.ər/ US  /ˈfɔːrˌrʌn.ɚ/
something or someone that acts as an early and less advanced model for what will appear in the future , or a warning or sign of what is to follow : Germany's Green party was said to be the forerunner of environmental parties throughout Europe . The drop in share prices in March was a forerunner of the financial crash that followed in June .Preceding and introducingSamples and examples
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