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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Wyeth, which lies before us; who ascended a peak in the neighborhood we are describing.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny
I prefer: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." This quote is often misattributed to Henry David Thoreau, but the Walden Woods Project attributes it to Henry Stanley Haskins.
The dream's shell, chitinous as the moving page the night tightens, lies before us on veiled sands, all but prescient.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The New Year lies before us like an unmapped country.
Emerson once said: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." What lays within me today as I construct this final missive as your President is an overwhelming sense of humility and gratitude.
MM "What lies behind us and what lies before us are ting matters compared to what lies within us." OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
The spark that made the final idea take shape for me was found in a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
As the sex abuse scandal continues to put in sharp relief the reform that still lies before us, many have wondered if Vatican II's vision has been forgotten.
The year has only begun, as more Hopes are realized and Luxury prevails, what an incredible time lies before us!
This he must do not with any desire whatsoever of overshadowing the contributions of other fields to our national welfare and culture but to help us all become more aware of a great power which lies before us.
The search for identity, for a model, I believe it lies before us ...
In my more than 30 years of mentoring men as a therapist and spiritual guide while trying to become a man myself, I have learned much about the issues we men struggle with and the daunting but rewarding path to growth that lies before us all.
But I have a hunch that what lies before us is learning to relate as adults to adults.