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set the stage for something

 
1. Lit. to arrange a stage for an act or scene of a production. The stage crew set the stage for the first act. They set the stage for the second scene while the orchestra played.
2. Fig. to prepare something for some activity. The initial meeting set the stage for further negotiations. Your negative comments set the stage for another big argument.
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set the stage for something

to prepare the way for something else to happen This new information sets the stage for a long and interesting trial.
Etymology: from the preparation of the stage in a theater for the performance of a play
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set the stage for something

if you set the stage for something, you make it possible or likely to happen The purpose of that first meeting was to set the stage for future co-operation between Russia and the USA.
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Watch for some action out of the tech sector, as CSCO has set the stage for a positive day by reporting better-than-expected earnings and a 25 percent rise in sales.
The establishment of pension funds and insurance companies will create an important new market for securities and set the stage for portfolio managers to play a major role in allocating resources to China's new private sector.
He begins his tale with the final days of Siad Barre, whose bloody dictatorship set the stage for the country's collapse into rival clan-based fiefdoms.
Inflexibility: The cumulative effect of the development of leg muscles without adequate stretching and flexibility can set the stage for rupture.
The legislative debate on AB 32 is over, but California's opportunity to set the stage for meaningful reductions in global green house gas emissions began this morning when Governor Schwarzenegger put his signature on AB 32.
That set the stage for La Serna of Whittier's Samantha VandenBerge, Sun's teammate at Swim Pasadena, to put an exclamation mark on a dominant week by winning the 1,500 at junior nationals for the third consecutive year.
These new studies set the stage for more intensive explorations of memory retrieval in the brain," remarks Anthony D.
A successful auction of 24 townhomes at Harbour Landing has set the stage for conventional home sales at the award-winning waterfront residential community on New Haven Harbor in Connecticut.
The success of the Ravenna site, when added to the remediation requirements of the European Union and Italian government, set the stage for expanded use of Solucorp's innovative technologies throughout Italy and the rest of Europe.
The two groups plan to independently but simultaneously publish papers this fall that will provide additional details and perhaps set the stage for a joint conference in which scientists fully analyze both sets of data.
With this new algorithm, we raise the bar yet again and we set the stage for future improvements.
On Thursday, his scoreless ninth inning set the stage for the Angels to tie the game against Cleveland and win it in the 10th.
The "November revolution" of 1974 saw the dramatic discovery by two groups of a new subatomic particle - called either psi or J - that set the stage for wide acceptance of the idea that particies such as neutrons and protons are themselves made up of entities known as quarks.
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By acting quickly, Hahn set the stage for a showdown Friday with the council, which will need 10 votes to override his veto.