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.
See also: before, lie

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.
See also: before, lay
References in classic literature ?
It seems to me," he said, "that we have taken the roundabout way of getting to our end in view, when the straight road lay before us.
His whole bearing made me feel that something wonderful but dangerous lay before us.
The historians, replying to this question, lay before us the sayings and doings of a few dozen men in a building in the city of Paris, calling these sayings and doings "the Revolution"; then they give a detailed biography of Napoleon and of certain people favorable or hostile to him; tell of the influence some of these people had on others, and say: that is why this movement took place and those are its laws.
The avenue opened into a broad expanse of turf, and the house lay before us.
Let us go about our duties as though a thousand useful years still lay before us.
I think there was no individual in the party whose brain was not teeming with thoughts and images and memories invoked by the grand history of the venerable city that lay before us, but still among them all was no "voice of them that wept.
The landscape lay before us as a map, wherein rivers flashed like silver snakes, and Alp-like peaks crowned with wildly twisted snow wreaths rose in grandeur, whilst over all was the glad sunlight and the breath of Nature's happy life.
My mother pulled it up with impatience, and there lay before us, the last things in the chest, a bundle tied up in oilcloth, and looking like papers, and a canvas bag that gave forth, at a touch, the jingle of gold.
I was dreaming of the excitement and adventure which lay before us could Perry and I but escape the Mahars, when something, a slight noise I imagine, drew my attention behind me.
Harry Pelz, president and partner and partner of Peltz Group, says, "We are excited to be the first partner in the new Recycle America Alliance and take advantage of the opportunities that lay before us.
His two chapters on end-of-life issues, which address the right to die and the challenge of death with dignity, are luminous, meticulously argued, and deeply honest examinations of the paradoxes and ironies that the "medicalization of life and death" lay before us.
As we move into our second operational year, we felt the need to strengthen our stock-owners' grasp of both the challenges we face, and the opportunities that lay before us.