appear before

appear before someone

 
1. to show up in the presence of someone, suddenly. The deer appeared before us with no sound or other warning. A frightful specter appeared before me.
2. to have a trial or hearing with a particular judge or court. You have to appear before Judge Cahill tomorrow. Have you ever appeared before the Supreme Court?
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appear before something

to arrive in advance of the appointed time or before some event. Please appear at least ten minutes before you are due. It is best to appear shortly before the time of your interview.
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References in classic literature ?
As he grew somewhat sleepy but was still conscious, figures began to appear before his eyes.
The force is naming all those charged during the four-week festive period, and who are set to appear before the courts.
To appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on January 9.
The representative of Mir Muhabbat Khan Marri also appeared voluntarily and the Committee decided to ask the Controller of Examination to appear before the Committee alongwith record.
Farah Deeba (PP-Reserved) failed to appear before the Committee and the Committee unanimously decided to send them another reminder through media to appear on Monday, the 1st November 2010.
Due to appear before magistrates on Feb 24 charged with being drunk and disorderly.
Cluff's attorney, Mark Werksman, said Cluff had not been ``invited'' to appear before the grand jury.
Cody won't appear before a grand jury,'' Werksman said.
Our referees are in a position to enforce ethical, appropriate behavior on the part of those that appear before them and are encouraged to do so by the proposed standards.
D) A referee may not have private social contacts with, nor attend events hosted directly or indirectly by individuals who have appeared before the referee in the past 60 days, are presently appearing before them or are likely to appear before the referee in the next 60 days.
The following people have been charged and will appear before the courts in due course: Friday, December 19 Idnan Maroof, 24, of Azalea Grove, Birmingham.
To appear before Dudley Magistrates Court on January 27.
Kootenay was originally arrested in Montana in April after failing to appear before the county grand jury to answer questions about the assualt rifle purchases.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury that is investigating whether anyone at the White House obstructed justice in the handling of records from the first lady's former law firm.
But this is the first time that she will appear before a grand jury.