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 ?
If on that forbidding moor a difficult and dangerous quest should lie before us, this was at least a comrade for whom one might venture to take a risk with the certainty that he would bravely share it.
The sooner we start, the better, for I see no other way, and it will take us more than a month to travel the weary, frigid miles that lie before us."
As to what may lie before us, it is perhaps less serious than we at first thought.
Chuck Welch, to address the challenges and opportunities that lie before us as a public institution."
A growing body of research helps to illustrate the opportunities and challenges that lie before us. The influence of environmental exposures on transcriptional regulation of genes is clearly highlighted by the field of epigenetics.
Many challenges still lie before us, and I will work with Congress to do what Americans have always done -- leave a better world for our children and grandchildren."
The problem for us is that the future often does not seem to lie before us as a gift to be unwrapped carefully, savored, and treasured.
"I am fully confident that Jesus Christ will continue to be with us along this journey, and that the Holy Spirit will lead us forward to meet the pastoral challenges that lie before us."
The challenges that lie before us all are tremendous!
for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.