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.
See also: ahead, lie, of
References in classic literature ?
Danger lies ahead of you and danger lurks behind; but greater is the danger before.
A challenging task lies ahead of the new chief minister the former President said adding also that Murad Ali Shah possessed the ability, the temperament and the confidence to successfully encounter the challenges that lay ahead.
'Why A Poem Ends In Death': Every poem ends in death./Every revelation brings death to what existed before it./Ever pen fills with rain to record afflictions/and can't imagine what lies ahead of its nib/as it journeys down the path of a sentence/to the end of ink.
Whatever lies ahead of them, they will be able to handle.