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groom someone as something

to prepare someone for a job or position. He was grooming his son as his successor. They groomed Charles as the next treasurer.
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groom someone for something

to prepare someone for something; to prepare someone to be someone. The boss is grooming his son for the presidency of the company. They are grooming the vice president for the top position.
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References in classic literature ?
Sir," cried the groom, "they have traversed six leagues and have only been unsaddled half an hour.
And now the groom was at her side and taking her hand was leading her up the steps to the throne, before which they halted and stood facing the gathering below.
Her hand stole toward the hidden blade, but instantly the hand of the groom shot out and seized her wrist.
It was not so much White Fang's ferocity as it was his silence that unnerved the groom.
The groom escaped into the stables, and White Fang backed away before Collie's wicked teeth, or presented his shoulder to them and circled round and round.
She was disappointed: it was the groom who had returned.
Tell your mistress," she said to the groom, "that I am going to Belford instead of to Redwood Hall.
The groom could find out the address, even if he did not happen to know it already.
Sedley and inform him of your conduct," said she to the groom.
Going into the hall he saw a handsome groom, in a braided livery and a bear fur cape, holding a white fur cloak.
Outside a stable door at the bottom of a long back lane without a thoroughfare, a groom in undress was idling about, apparently persuading himself that he was doing something with a spade and a wheel-barrow.
I have no doubt that it was largely nervousness that kept the mysterious playwright so long fumbling behind the scenes, for it was obvious that it would be no ordinary sort of play, no every-day domestic drama, that would satisfy this young lady, to whom life had given, by way of prologue, the inestimable blessing of wealth, and the privilege, as a matter of course, of choosing as she would among the grooms (that is, the bride-grooms) of the romantic British aristocracy.
Yes, sir," explained Mercier, "there are several grooms at the Opera and M.
I told him my adventures, and heard in return that he was one of the grooms of Mihrage, the king of the island, and that each year they came to feed their master's horses in this plain.
About half-past six, however, the grooms began to come down to air their masters' horses--first one, and then another, till there were some dozen horses and five or six riders: but that need not trouble me, for they would not come as far as the low rocks which I was now approaching.