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appear before (someone or something)

1. To participate in legal proceedings. I'm so nervous to appear before the judge today. Have you ever had to appear before a jury? Every lawyer is nervous when they have to appear before a judge for the first time, but I know you'll do a great job.
2. To suddenly become visible to someone. I had to slam on my brakes when that pedestrian just appeared before me. Did you see where this cat came from? He just appeared before me on the sidewalk! It was when a sparkly genie suddenly appeared before me that I knew I was dreaming.
3. To arrive early for something. I am locking that door at exactly 10:01, so I suggest you appear before the exam starts. I'm stuck in traffic, so I won't appear before dinner, I'm afraid. Please appear before the curtain goes up, OK? I would hate for you to miss the beginning of the play.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

appear before someone

 
1. to show up in the presence of someone, suddenly. The deer appeared before us with no sound or other warning. A frightful specter appeared before me.
2. to have a trial or hearing with a particular judge or court. You have to appear before Judge Cahill tomorrow. Have you ever appeared before the Supreme Court?
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appear before something

to arrive in advance of the appointed time or before some event. Please appear at least ten minutes before you are due. It is best to appear shortly before the time of your interview.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
In it Spenser sings of his fair lost lady Rosalind, and he himself appears under the name of Colin Clout.