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lie behind (someone or something)

1. To be positioned behind someone or something. The gym lies behind the school.
2. To be in the past. Don't be concerned about what lies behind you, only what lies ahead. Everything that lies behind us is what makes us who we are—the good and the bad.
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lie behind someone or something

 
1. [for something] to be positioned to the rear of someone or something. A wide expanse of water lay behind the sentry, and a narrow roadway lay in front. A vast field lies behind the house.
2. [for something] to be in someone's or a group's past. Now that all of our difficulties lie behind us, we can get on with our business. The busy season lay behind the company and people could take their vacations.
See also: behind, lie
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But it also evoked a passage into another dimension, suspended between life and death: something that lies behind us, like the cutout on the back of the prostrate man; something recondite that rationality tends to obscure.
It's an accomplished first novel, successfully conveying the fear that lies behind David's bravado and his conflicted feelings about the war, as well as Steve's desire to measure up to his older brother and to win his respect.
Once limited to conservatives, the notion that government can and should promote specific moral behaviors now lies behind conversations on both the left and right, from the movement to federally fund faith-based social services to the campaign by gay activists to open the institution of marriage to same-sex couples.
A major question for conservation policy is, What lies behind this surge?
If this is what lies behind the conservative pro-marriage movement, then its leaders should be honest enough to say so.
As well as marvelling at the extraordinary craftsmanship that lies behind this production, what makes it a worthwhile cinematic experience is the creativity of the story line.
( No one knows the sadness that lies behind my smile, no one knows the emptiness that's with me all the while, from the moment that you died June my heart just broke in two, one side filled with heartache and the other died with you, I often lie awake at night, when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down Memory Lane and the tears flow down my cheek.
I WOULD like to thank James Traynor for highlighting the insanity that lies behind a ban on images of the Holy Family this Christmas in shops of the International Red Cross.
It might be objected that our interest is therefore the consequence of something that lies behind a de Maria painting, where we respond to something merely superficial.
The 26-year-old is well out of favour at Parkhead and lies behind Robert Douglas, Dhimitre Kharine and Jonathon Gould for a starting place.
The effect makes an object that lies behind the lens appear bigger and brighter.
And, in fairness, Epstein acknowledges the cost-containing potential of global budgets but rightly notes that they "work only as well as the political system that lies behind them." One could go on with examples of individual claims--or topical discussions--which reveal the clarity with which Richard Epstein can discuss issues.
This glimpse of what lies behind the form, or, more specifically, the play between form and construction, is a recurring proposition.
Henderson confirms, however, the broader indictment of Florentine charity that often lies behind these discussions when he writes that its solutions were never adequate nor meant to provide more than the minimum palliative necessary to avert revolt and to maintain the social and political order.