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set the scene

1. In a narrative work, to establish the setting through description. I'm really impressed with how the author is able to set the scene while simultaneously working in a lot of exposition.
2. Similarly, to describe something so that others can understand or envision it. Let me set the scene for you: I walked into the middle of an all-out food fight and was promptly hit with a plate of spaghetti. So I think I punished those students appropriately.
3. To be the catalyst for something that happens later. Their squabbling at Thanksgiving set the scene for a total screaming match on Christmas. A positive conversation with the CEO today could set the scene for a promotion tomorrow.
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set the scene

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1. If you set the scene, you briefly tell people what they need to know about a subject, so that they can understand what is going to happen next. I was writing an article and wanted to set the scene by giving a few details about how widespread the custom was. To visualize this period of his career it is first necessary to set the scene and describe the events leading up to World War 2. Note: You can also use the noun scene-setting. There's a certain amount of scene-setting in the initial chapter.
2. If something sets the scene for an event, it creates the conditions in which that event is likely to happen. Some members feared that Germany might raise its interest rates. That could have set the scene for a confrontation with the US, which is concerned that increases could cut demand for its exports. The first hour's cricket set the scene for a superbly entertaining day as England and South Africa played some of the best cricket ever seen.
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set the scene

1 describe a place or situation in which something is about to happen. 2 create the conditions for a future event.
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set the ˈscene/ˈstage (for something)


1 give somebody the information they need in order to understand what comes next: The first few chapters of the book just set the scene.
2 create the conditions in which something can easily happen: His arrival set the scene for another argument.With so many economic and political problems, the stage was set for another war.
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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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The advance in US sales since September to the highest level since 2005 has set the stage for a rebound in production," said Carlos Gomes, Senior Economist and Auto Industry Specialist, Scotiabank.
Openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay set the stage for the challenging total through a 87-run partnership in just 10.
The goal is to set the stage for developers to create a signature center that will address calls by residents for more shopping and entertainment opportunities.
They set the stage for a contest of sorts, with both men and women breaking out one by one to display smooth moves: a sensual undercurve, a dashing rivoltade.
3 billion counter punch lobbed by the Blackstone Group set the stage for one of the most fiercely contested take-over bids yet amid the flurry of M&A transactions that have gripped the REIT industry.
In 1988, massive street protests in Burma toppled one military government and set the stage for the election in 1990.
Join us November 14-15 in Kansas City as we hear from noted economists, innovative producers, consumer food marketers, commodity leaders as well as bio-fuels experts, as they set the stage for how your business will add value to this evolving system now and in the future.
He said weakening house prices would ultimately set the stage for an improvement in both the savings rate and the current account.
Where I really take issue with Root is his assertion that it was the nonactivist judges who set the stage for upholding the constitutionality of Progressive and New Deal era liberalism.
Using a relaxation technique, remembering a past personal best-performance and repeating affirmations are experiences that set the stage for the fourth key step, mental rehearsal.
Heilbrunn went on: "The claim that Roosevelt betrayed Eastern Europe and set the stage for 40 years of Soviet domination is an old right-wing canard.
From visiting nations as a teenager with her family, to observing political changes in Italy and France, to her first nursing experience, her travels set the stage for her often brilliant letters that fully reveal her courage, faith, professionalism and ideals.
Among its many recommendations, the report calls on Toronto's mayor to convene a summit on good jobs to set the stage for a Mayor's Task Force on Good Jobs whose multiple mandate would include possible changes in labour standards to better protect young families.
But then, 1991 brought its "triple whammy" of events that set the stage for both claims and insurance coverage as we know them today.
Thurston enriches archaeological research with his own experience to present in rich detail a portrait of how each group of people survived in such a place and set the stage for others.