go before

go before (someone or something)

1. To precede someone else in doing something. Megan went before me and presented a report on the boa constrictor.
2. To appear in front of someone or something, usually for an important or official reason. When do you have to go before the judge? Due to her involvement in the plagiarism scandal, Jane will have to go before the school's disciplinary committee.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go before someone or something

1. to precede someone or something. Do you wish to go before me? I will go before the other waiters and clear the aisles.
2. . to appear before someone or something. Sharon went before a magistrate and laid out her complaint. Mary went before the entire board of directors with her proposal.
See also: before, go
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I said to the master of the shop, who by this time was fetched home from some neighbouring place, that it was in vain to make noise, and enter into talk there of the case; the fellow had insisted that I came to steal, and he must prove it, and I desired we might go before a magistrate without any more words; for I began to see I should be too hard for the man that had seized me.
'Mistress, you might come into the shop with a good design for aught I know, but it seemed a dangerous thing for you to come into such a shop as mine is, when you see nobody there; and I cannot do justice to my neighbour, who was so kind to me, as not to acknowledge he had reason on his side; though, upon the whole, I do not find you attempted to take anything, and I really know not what to do in it.' I pressed him to go before a magistrate with me, and if anything could be proved on me that was like a design of robbery, I should willingly submit, but if not, I expected reparation.
With only a week to go before the start of the trip, I saw Eric in SE and he said he didn't think Paul was going to make it because he was afraid of flying.