before (someone or something)

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before (someone or something)

1. Physically in front or ahead of someone or something. She laid the evidence on the table before me. I stood before the courthouse with a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach.
2. Ahead of someone or something in order. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man should be before The Picture of Dorian Gray on the shelf. I know it's your turn, but would you mind letting Tom go before you?
3. Awaiting or in store for someone or something in the future. I know things feel a little hopeless right now, but you've got your whole life before you. A long, hard road lies before the newly independent country.
4. Under the jurisdiction or consideration of someone or something. Your case will have to go before the Committee of Internal Affairs. He put the choice before us, promising to honor whatever we decided.
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*before someone

ahead of or in front of someone in order. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; go ~.) Who is before Mary? I am before all of you.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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