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English definition of “come before sth/sb”

come before sth/sb

verb uk phrasal verb with come   /kʌm/ (came, come) us  

(IMPORTANCE)

to be more important than, or to be treated as more important than, another thing or person: My children will always come before my career.

(COURT)

If a legal case comes before a law court or a judge, it is dealt with by them, and when someone comes before a court or judge, they are present while the case is dealt with.
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