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see ahead

1. Literally, to look off or into some distance beyond or in front (of someone, something, or oneself). It's impossible to see ahead in this snow storm. You can't see ahead of these sharp turns on the road, so you'll need to take them very slowly. The rain was pouring down so torrentially that we could barely see in front of our own two feet.
2. To be able to predict or anticipate what will happen in the future. The CEO of the company saw ahead to the future of the industry, and she realized that they needed to drastically change their business model to stay alive. There is of course no way to see ahead in life, so spending your time worrying over every decision you make is futile.
See also: ahead, see

see ahead (of someone or something)

to be able to see into the distance in front of someone or something. The fog was so thick I couldn't see ahead of the car. I can't see ahead, so I will have to stop.
See also: ahead, see
References in classic literature ?
Floating around a bend they saw ahead a high bank of water, extending across the entire river, and toward this they were being irresistibly carried.
Before long they saw ahead of them a fine big arch spanning the road, and when they came nearer they found that the arch was beautifully carved and decorated with rich colors.
They had marched for perhaps half an hour when the Englishman saw ahead of them, in a little clearing upon the bank of the river, the thatched roofs of native huts showing above a crude but strong palisade; and presently he was ushered into a village street where he was immediately surrounded by a throng of women and children and warriors.
Along the street she went with the blood still singing in her body, but when she turned out of Main Street and saw ahead the lights of the New Willard House, she began to trem- ble and her knees shook so that for a moment she thought she would fall in the street.
As he trailed, Bert saw ahead of him one of the most attractive little towns in the world--a cluster of steep gables surmounted by a high church tower and diversified with trees, walled, and with a fine, large gateway opening out upon a tree-lined high road.
Not only that, cutting rates drive up the prices of risky assets 6 which could metastasize into something harmful, as (https://www.stlouisfed.org/publications/inside-the-vault/spring-2011/low-interest-rates-have-benefits-and-costs) we saw ahead of the 2008 financial collapse  6 and masks other structural problems in the economy.
Here's part of a note from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to all employees about the change he saw ahead for Microsoft: "At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.
Jutkiewicz was disappointed they couldn't hold on to their lead, which lasted only three minutes before Sam Winnall's leveller, but was encouraged by what he saw ahead of the matches against Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.
He saw ahead and thought that me getting an education in the U.S.
"The subsequent collision was plain to see to some in the train, and I refer to those in the front row's statements, where they speak of their disbelief and horror as they saw ahead up the track the train into which there were going to dive," he said.
"Those in the front row speak of their disbelief and horror as they saw ahead up the track the train into which they were going to dive."
In my mind's eye I saw ahead of me the old man on a donkey, trousers with patches, flat cap wedged down on his head, who had trotted past me on his way back from his garden.
It's a protest which is legitimate in any parliament." Harper was speaking out against what he says is a more subtle form of anti-Semitism than what the world saw ahead of the Holocaust.
Our one and only Amitabh Bachchan has proposed a new formula for electing the President of India which promises to be minus all the khitch phich we saw ahead of Pranab Mukherjee emerging as the prospective President.