lie ahead of (someone or something)

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lie ahead of (someone or something)

1. To be physically located in front or ahead of someone or something. As we trudged through the desert, it looked as though a magnificent oasis lay ahead of us, but it was just a mirage, some accursed trick of the sun. The mountains lie ahead of a vast prairieland.
2. To be or exist in the future of someone or something. One should never presume to know what may lie ahead of them.
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lie ahead of someone or something

 and lie before someone or something 
1. to exist in front of someone or something. A small cottage lay ahead of us near the trail. A huge mansion lay before the car at the end of the road.
2. to be fixed in the future of someone or something. I just don't know what lies ahead of me. We don't know what lies before our country.
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My colleagues and I are equipped to take on challenges lay ahead of us, even at the price of facing a hostile opposition.'
"This we did in good faith but with the knowledge of the hurdles that lay ahead of us.
"These research centers will help us solve the transportation challenges we face today and those that we know lay ahead of us," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.
The uncertainty of the government and the austerity measures that lay ahead of us frightened many people in the North East and undoubtedly led to a hiccup in the sales that took place, and the heavy snowfall in late November brought a horrible year to a close." Mr Young added: "Selling prices of just over pounds 1m will have a disadvantage in the future due to the recent increase in the Stamp Duty Tax, but this is now creating a significant interest for those who are bargain hunting for properties at just under the pounds 1m level and those who are prepared to price their properties competitively to attract greater numbers of buyers."
Questions about possible accidents were brushed aside by Dr Llewelyn as too remote to worry about (March 28 1979 & April 26 1986 lay ahead of us all at that time!).
John Cross, Eblex chairman, said, ``We want to be able to concentrate very specifically on the tasks that lay ahead of us in the English beef and sheep arena.
Here we were, all five of us, thrilled beyond description at the opportunity that now lay ahead of us to minister far and wide across this part of East Africa.