smooth the way for (someone or something)

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smooth the way for (someone or something)

To cultivate favorable conditions for someone to do something or for something to happen. I always take the kids on a fun trip during the last week of summer to smooth the way for their return to school. I've been creating detailed notes about my work routine to smooth the way for whoever will replace me.
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smooth the way

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smooth the path

COMMON If someone or something smooths the way or smooths the path for something, they make it easier for it to happen or more likely to happen. It is hoped that the talks will smooth the way to peace in the region. Working closely with parents, teachers can help to smooth the path through the early years of school.
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In 1982, Simon Donaldson of Oxford University in England proved that not all topological four-manifolds can be constructed in a smooth way.
He moves in such smooth ways and has such good defensive play.
I think he moves in such smooth ways and has such good defensive play.
You might not find the creamy confection that is advertised on the sign, but you will find plenty of smooth ways to beat the heat.
Curtis, The People can reveal, used his smooth ways to charm a mum-of-two in North London eight years ago.
Elmore (Charles Brown), a dapper gambler whose smooth ways conceal a brutal core, is an agent of that pain, and his return to Ruby's life only complicates matters.