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lay the groundwork (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). Our success with this healthcare bill wouldn't be possible, had the previous administration not laid the groundwork already. As CEO of the company, I laid the groundwork for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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President Trump is making a personal appeal to Pakistan's new prime minister to help end the war in Afghanistan as one of his special envoys returns to the region to try and lay the groundwork for substantive peace talks with the Taliban-led insurgency.
Also, this week, Ted Cruz is back in Texas, hoping to lay the groundwork for a return to the winner's circle on Super Tuesday.
An EU mission would seek to rebuild Ukraine's police and legal system in the short-term to help combat sporadic violence in the country of 46 million people and lay the groundwork for implementing a proposed free-trade deal with the European Union.
Over the recent months, several meetings have been held to review the situation of gas supply, the level of gas storage, and gas consumption by different sectors including residential, commercial and industrial sectors in a bid to lay the groundwork for supplying adequate gas in winter.
Project activities will directly address cultural issues that create barriers to prevention, initiate new activities, evaluate and assess efforts to make adjustments as needed to fit the needs of Western students and their families, and lay the groundwork for sustainability of suicide prevention activities in the future.
This speaks, obviously, to the growing strength of the armed opposition, as they continue to lay the groundwork for the fall of the Assad regime", said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland in a press briefing.
The official visit also helped the delegation to lay the groundwork for a Dubai trade mission's visit coming up later in the year.
Libya's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim accused Nato earlier of intensifying its bombing campaign and backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by rebels trying to topple Gaddafi's regime.
Washington, May 17(ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to visit Pakistan for an "in-depth strategic discussion" about bilateral cooperation, and the US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, will be leaving for Islamabad this week 'to lay the groundwork for her eventual visit', the State Department has said.
Summary: American President Barack Obama will host a meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in an attaempt to lay the groundwork for renewed peace negotiations.
The Department's first progress report elaborates on efforts over the past 100 days to deliver on this promise and to lay the groundwork for the next four years.
That ouster could also lay the groundwork for his departure after serving 40 years at the largest U.S.
The talks come on the second leg of his tour to lay the groundwork for next week's crucial G20 summit in London.
Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said that USD560,061 of the grant from the US Department of Transportation will be used to lay the groundwork for new taxiways and hangar facilities.
Millman traces the decisions by a health system in Florida, Memorial Healthcare, to go without catastrophic coverage and to lay the groundwork for a captive insurer that would allow it and other hospitals to pool risks and finance their sharply higher deductibles.