lie behind

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w>lie behind

vi +prep obj decision, remarksstehen hinter (+dat); I don’t know what lies behind itich weiß nicht, was dahintersteht
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In dry, level country, take up an easily accessible position with rising ground to your right and on your rear, so that the danger may be in front, and safety lie behind.
Perhaps not," the Inspector declared, "but, on the other hand, there are certain questions which you can answer me,--answer them, I mean, not grudgingly and as though in duty bound,--answer them intelligently, and with some apprehension of the things which lie behind.
I say, if, because at this moment, apart from the presence of the ladder and his vacant room, there are no evidences which permit me even to suspect him)--if he is there, he has been obliged to pass by the ladder, and the rooms which lie behind his, in his new lodging, are occupied by the family of the steward and by the cook, and by the kitchens, which bar the way by the vestibule to the interior of the chateau.
Within the temples that lie behind the ramparts a million fighting-men are ever ready.
It was a strange reversal of attitudes: Fred's blond face and blue eyes, usually bright and careless, ready to give attention to anything that held out a promise of amusement, looking involuntarily grave and almost embarrassed as if by the sight of something unfitting; while Lydgate, who had habitually an air of self-possessed strength, and a certain meditativeness that seemed to lie behind his most observant attention, was acting, watching, speaking with that excited narrow consciousness which reminds one of an animal with fierce eyes and retractile claws.
A drowsy city, Cloisterham, whose inhabitants seem to suppose, with an inconsistency more strange than rare, that all its changes lie behind it, and that there are no more to come.
You did not see my farm buildings which lie behind the house.
This was, to lie behind the wall at the back of my old school, in a corner where there used to be a haystack.
Liam Byrne who is Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary, said: "These shocking new figures reveal the big lie behind this Government's cruel bedroom tax.
Prof Ian Hall of Cardiff University explains how decades of observation lie behind the latest predictions
Who knows what sad story might lie behind the discovery.
CDATA[ What expectations lie behind the building freeze in Judea and Samaria?