1) Literally the ‘front’ but where time was concerned it was used in the sense of ‘the early part’.

1642 sheepe which in the fore ende of the yeare wante wolle, Elmswell

1682 he came into England the fore ende of May last and sells hollan, scotch-cloath, West Riding. Henry Best of Elmswell wrote about the right time to harvest corn: 1642 if the fore-ende of them bee not taken … the hinder ende of them will shake.

dates 1642 1682

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