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.
See also: ahead, lie, of

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.
See also: ahead, lie, of