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.
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lay something before someone

 
1. Lit. to present something to someone. The cat laid the mouse before her mistress. Dave laid the present before her as a peace offering.
2. Fig. to present something for someone to judge. All you can do is lay the matter before the teacher and hope for a favorable response. I want to lay this before you and let you decide.
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Perhaps the most difficult charges for Clinton to rebut are contained in the article of impeachment charging him with lying before the grand jury about the nature and details of his relationship with Lewinsky, who testified in detail about 11 sexual encounters with the president.
In an extraordinary moment Friday, members of the committee rushed out of the hearing room to watch Clinton on television expressing ``profound remorse'' about his conduct, then returned and, without pause, voted in favor of an article of impeachment that accuses him of lying before a grand jury about his affair and his efforts to keep it quiet.
Lying before a federal grand jury is perhaps the most serious charge Starr has made against the president.