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set the tone

To establish the mood of something, or the manner in which something will be conducted. Her warm greeting really set the tone for the dinner party, which was one of the loveliest I have ever attended. The first paragraph really sets the tone for the rest of the piece by introducing subtle humor and an unexpected point of view.
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set the ˈtone (of/for something)

create or establish a general feeling or atmosphere among a group of people (about a particular subject): His very clever and very funny speech set the tone for the rest of the evening.
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Mawmsey's friendly jocoseness in questioning him which had set the tone of Lydgate's reply.
The England pack set the tone for last weekend's 32-3 triumph in Salta, with two destructive early scrums sending Argentina into reverse and Freddie Burns kicked the penalties.
Summary: WARSAW, July 04, 2010, SPA -- Poles voted on Sunday in a presidential election run-off that will help to decide the speed and scale of economic reforms, and set the tone for Warsaw&'s relations with its European Union partners and Russia, Reuters reported.
Our defense set the tone tonight, and KaLana played one of her best games of the season,'' Hart coach Dave Munroe said.
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Chapters dealing with three rescues (and one unsuccessful effort) of allied flight crews over Bosnia are worth the price, because these efforts set the tone for future search-and-rescue missions and have received little press.
In 1993, some 14 years after "Rappers Delight" set the tone for the emergence of hip-hop and urban culture and roughly 10 years after hip-hop had exploded into mainstream culture, music impresario Quincy Jones launched Vibe magazine.
While the poem does not necessarily set the tone, it reflects the outstanding quality of work throughout the book.
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