go before

go before someone or something

 
1. to precede someone or something. Do you wish to go before me? I will go before the other waiters and clear the aisles.
2. . to appear before someone or something. Sharon went before a magistrate and laid out her complaint. Mary went before the entire board of directors with her proposal.
See also: before
References in classic literature ?
She walked on, refusing to speak, and Philip saw with agony that they had only a few hundred yards to go before they reached her house.