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set the tone

To establish the mood of something, or the manner in which something will be conducted. Her warm greeting really set the tone for the dinner party, which was one of the loveliest I have ever attended. The first paragraph really sets the tone for the rest of the piece by introducing subtle humor and an unexpected point of view.
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set the ˈtone (of/for something)

create or establish a general feeling or atmosphere among a group of people (about a particular subject): His very clever and very funny speech set the tone for the rest of the evening.
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Mawmsey's friendly jocoseness in questioning him which had set the tone of Lydgate's reply.
THAT ball in Brisbane on the 2006-7 Ashes tour didn't set the tone.
The England pack set the tone for last weekend's 32-3 triumph in Salta, with two destructive early scrums sending Argentina into reverse and Freddie Burns kicked the penalties.
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Brook Lopez scored Stanford's first six points and set the tone inside by blocking Abdoulaye N'diaye in the opening minute.
Overall, a good project manager will set the tone from the onset.
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The general sessions will frame the major issues confronting the industry and set the tone for discussions to follow.
The first book Even Angels Fall, set the tone and introduced us to the scheming, evocative, and often-benevolent characters we grew to either hate or love.