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Avant Courier

(French, avant courrier.) A “messenger sent before” to get things ready for a party of travellers, or to announce their approach. Anything said or done to prepare the way for something more

important to follow, a feeler, a harbinger.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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