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 ?
By such worthless dogs as these," says an honest trader in his journal, which now lies before us, "by such worthless dogs as these are these noted fishing-places peopled, which, like our great cities, may with propriety be called the headquarters of vitiated principles.
Let us not waste heart and life thinking of what might have been and forgetting the may be that lies before us.
The Gironde lies before us, and once over the bar, and under shelter of the Tour de Cordouan, all will be well with us.
Therein lies my métier, and it is just possible that it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before us.
Emerson once said: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Fanelli brings a unique set of industry specific sales, marketing and management skills necessary for realizing the enormous potential that lies before us in structural proteomics as we fulfill our strategic business objectives," said Dr.
Grant will play a pivotal role in ensuring that both divisions remain focused on the tremendous commercial market opportunity that lies before us.
Under-Secretary-General Nitin Desai said of the project, "May the Common Ground World Mandala serve as a long-lasting beacon to all who see it, clear evidence that collaboration is joyful and productive and a constant reminder of the task that lies before us.
Both Democrats and Republicans must recognize the gravity of the constitutional responsibility that lies before us.
We feel this is an important time for advisors, industry leaders and other experts to meet and talk about what lies before us, and how we can together best serve investors during these times of uncertainty.
The search for identity, for a model, I believe it lies before us .
In my more than 30 years of mentoring men as a therapist and spiritual guide while trying to become a man myself, I have learned much about the issues we men struggle with and the daunting but rewarding path to growth that lies before us all.
This he must do not with any desire whatsoever of overshadowing the contributions of other fields to our national welfare and culture but to help us all become more aware of a great power which lies before us.
As the sex abuse scandal continues to put in sharp relief the reform that still lies before us, many have wondered if Vatican II's vision has been forgotten.
THE New Year lies before us like an uncharted journey.