set the scene


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set the scene (for something)

1. to make something possible or likely to happen The recent resignation of two cabinet members has set the scene for a pre-election crisis.
2. to describe a situation so that people can understand what is happening Let me just set the scene briefly and my colleague will add some details later.
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set the scene

to describe a situation where something is going to happen soon First, let's set the scene - it was a cold dark night with a strong wind blowing...
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set the scene

/stage for
To provide the underlying basis for: saber rattling that set the stage for war.
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SET the scene with a gorgeous Christmas table decorated in reds and golds.
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This fog set the scene for the generation of the first sounds in the universe, Whittle says.
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