open the way for

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open the way for something

also open the way to something
to create an opportunity for something to happen New regulations will open the way for more people to live and work here. These talks have opened the way to ending war in the region.
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open the way for/to something

to make it possible for something to happen Removing customs controls could open the way to an increase in drug smuggling.
See also: open, way