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appear before

1. To participate in legal proceedings. I'm so nervous to appear before the judge today.
2. To suddenly become visible to one. I had to slam on my brakes when that pedestrian just appeared before me.
3. To arrive early for something. I am locking that door at exactly 10:01, so I suggest you appear before the exam starts.
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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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appear under the name of (some name)

[for an actor] to perform under a special name. She is appearing under the name of Fifi. I appeared under the stage name Rex Righteous.
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He said Dudley could not attend the hearing because he was appearing before a federal court in Ohio.
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.
F) A referee who has a significantly close personal relationship with any person who is appearing before the judge shall disclose the nature of the relationship to all parties at the earliest reasonable opportunity.