lie ahead of (someone or something)

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lie ahead of (someone or something)

1. To be physically located in front or ahead of someone or something. As we trudged through the desert, it looked as though a magnificent oasis lay ahead of us, but it was just a mirage, some accursed trick of the sun. The mountains lie ahead of a vast prairieland.
2. To be or exist in the future of someone or something. One should never presume to know what may lie ahead of them.
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lie ahead of someone or something

 and lie before someone or something 
1. to exist in front of someone or something. A small cottage lay ahead of us near the trail. A huge mansion lay before the car at the end of the road.
2. to be fixed in the future of someone or something. I just don't know what lies ahead of me. We don't know what lies before our country.
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This we did in good faith but with the knowledge of the hurdles that lay ahead of us.
These research centers will help us solve the transportation challenges we face today and those that we know lay ahead of us," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.
The uncertainty of the government and the austerity measures that lay ahead of us frightened many people in the North East and undoubtedly led to a hiccup in the sales that took place, and the heavy snowfall in late November brought a horrible year to a close.
Questions about possible accidents were brushed aside by Dr Llewelyn as too remote to worry about (March 28 1979 & April 26 1986 lay ahead of us all at that time
John Cross, Eblex chairman, said, ``We want to be able to concentrate very specifically on the tasks that lay ahead of us in the English beef and sheep arena.
We've been in the top-five for the past three weeks, so that right there makes me extremely excited about the possibility of what might lay ahead of us.
Here we were, all five of us, thrilled beyond description at the opportunity that now lay ahead of us to minister far and wide across this part of East Africa.
Many people felt that things were looking up, and that the best times lay ahead of us.
In addition, I would also like to share with you my vision of where the moving access gate/commercial overhead door industry is most likely headed in the future, and how we are currently positioning Invisa to capitalize on the many developing opportunities that lay ahead of us in this rapidly changing and dynamic marketplace.
With the exciting opportunities that lay ahead of us in our industry, the acquisition and its resulting beneficial foundations will permit US Coach to continue its growth and become the nations number one coach and bus manufacturer," concluded John Gore, President of US Coach.
I am pleased to be working with Chet, Paul and Mike as we pursue the tremendous market opportunities that lay ahead of us.
I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead of us.
The new CEO of WMC Mortgage, Scott McAfee, said, "We are extremely excited about the opportunities that lay ahead of us at WMC Mortgage.