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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Think about this: We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future in His hands, and that is enough to give us the assurance we need in our journey, and the confidence to face whatever lies ahead of us.
I HAve been walking the cliffs, looking out to sea and wondering what lies ahead of us.
Our priority is coming here and winning this series and preparing for the game that lies ahead of us," the 28-year-old had said.
They were unlucky not to get the win then and we are certainly not underestimating the challenge that lies ahead of us this Sunday.
We have no idea what lies ahead of us when we arrive at work every day.
Obviously, we'd have all preferred to be battling it out for a place in the Grand Final at Old Trafford once again, but we are where we are, and we've just got to get on with it and make the most of what lies ahead of us for the next few months.
After Infrastructure and Software, the next wave in technology will revolve around Platform as a Service and I am happy to note we are geared to address the market opportunity that lies ahead of us.
Leinster is always a tough place to go and we are under no illusions about the task that lies ahead of us but we will give it our best shot next Saturday," said Keys Greg Woods.
But while we know what lies ahead of us, no team can afford to take Leicester lightly.
THE critical response of some of your readership to my recent cycling letter (Views of the North, July 25) is indicative of the challenge that still lies ahead of us to make Newcastle a truly "cycle friendly" city.
It's down to us as a group now to stay confident and to stay focused on what lies ahead of us.
I have had lengthy conversations with Matthew Mott and am aware of the challenges the team faced last year and the hard work that lies ahead of us, but I am determined to help bring success back to the Club.
I believe a great future lies ahead of us, if we can work together and uphold the mana of partnership.
Sarbjit Pannu, Course Director at ICPI Train2Teach-Online to get an insight on how we were set to accomplish a highly demanding task that lies ahead of us.
We now know what lies ahead of us and the job in hand and what we have to do to be able to progress.