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. So much for campaigning in flat country.
"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."
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?
Just ask yourself, how did they get there?What horrific stories lie behind their broken lives?
Kallivayalil and her collaborators accurately discerned that motion by comparing the changing positions of the two galaxies over a 4-year interval with the location of distant quasars that lie behind the clouds and provide fixed points of reference.
And porphyria - an iron deficiency thought to lie behind the blood-drinking legend - once ran in the Royal Family.
Chesterton once said, "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." The qualities of good, truth, and beauty that define the United States of America and that today lie behind our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, aria coastguardsmen are the same that have lain behind them in every conflict we have faced and every crisis to which we have responded.
But, on the other hand, given the ideologies that lie behind some versions of evolutionism, it makes some fundamental points clear which must be respected: