lie before (someone or something)

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lie before (someone or something)

1. To physically exist in front or ahead of someone or something. As we trudged through the desert, it looked as though a magnificent oasis lay before us, but it was just a mirage, some accursed trick of the sun. Some worrisome footprints lie before our front door—I hope we've not been burgled!
2. To be or exist in the future of someone or something. One should never presume to know what may lie before them, as life is far often more fickle than that.
See also: before, lie
References in classic literature ?
If on that forbidding moor a difficult and dangerous quest should lie before us, this was at least a comrade for whom one might venture to take a risk with the certainty that he would bravely share it.
The sooner we start, the better, for I see no other way, and it will take us more than a month to travel the weary, frigid miles that lie before us.
As to what may lie before us, it is perhaps less serious than we at first thought.
Chuck Welch, to address the challenges and opportunities that lie before us as a public institution.
A growing body of research helps to illustrate the opportunities and challenges that lie before us.
Many challenges still lie before us, and I will work with Congress to do what Americans have always done -- leave a better world for our children and grandchildren.
While the financial services industry has responded admirably to the challenges of dealing with the most direct and obvious problems posed by these disasters, I believe the most critical challenges still lie before us," said Director Reich.
I believe that the strategic plan for the next phase of development at the NIEHS will strengthen our institute's relationship with its constituent communities and create a clear path to meeting the challenges that lie before us.
We look forward to her contributions and we expect that we will benefit considerably from her strong financial and previous interim CFO and management experience in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors as we address the challenges that lie before us in the coming months.
continue to be extremely excited about the opportunities that lie before us.
Jagunich commented, "Now is an appropriate point to introduce leadership deeply skilled in technology development and marketing to enable us to capitalize on major opportunities that lie before us.
The opportunities that lie before us in defense applications, intelligence and homeland security demand an intense focus on the technology aspects of the business as we go forward.
I look forward to the opportunities that lie before us, and to applying proven strategies to expand our services and capitalize on expected growth.
I strongly believe the activities currently underway are in the best interests of the company and our shareholders and I along with the board of directors and management team look forward to working for our shareholders to continue developing the exciting opportunities that lie before us.
However, once this funding is completed, we will be in a much stronger position to seize the opportunities that lie before us.