prepare the ground

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prepare the ground (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 prepared the ground. As CEO of the company, I prepared the ground for one of the most successful international firms in the country.
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prepare the ground

COMMON If you prepare the ground for a future event or course of action, you do things which will make it easier for that thing to happen. The president made it clear that his administration would continue to prepare the ground for future military action. The talks prepared the ground for the meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Washington on September 19.
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prepare the ground

make it easier for something to occur or be developed.
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prepare the ˈground (for something)

do something which makes it possible or easier for something to happen: By making her his deputy, the chairman was preparing the ground for her to replace him after he retired.The meeting was to prepare the ground for next week’s peace talks.
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WASHINGTON: The World Bank is helping Lebanon prepare the ground to request an influx of international aid to offset the high costs of the spillover from the Syrian war, President Jim Yong Kim told the Associated Press.
Kuribrena is expected to discuss bilateral relations and regional and international developments with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoy-lu, in a bid to prepare the ground for Mexican President Enrique PeEa Nieto's visit in September.
Prepare the ground by digging the soil to loosen it.
The new rules will make for easier follow-up by national authorities on OLAF investigations and will prepare the ground for a future European prosecutor's office.
Jaganmohan Reddy, thereby shattering his hopes of coming out on bail and going to the people to prepare the ground for the 2014 general elections.
Prepare the ground if you are planning to sow or turf a new lawn, to give the ground time to settle.
14:45 THE cabinet on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for the second round of offshore oil and gas exploration, authorising the trade and industry minister to prepare the ground for the official announcement.
The meetings discussed means of promoting the regional and economic cooperation through studying the basic principles for transit policies in order to prepare the ground for availing suitable legislations that would simplify international trade procedures and setting up efficient traffic systems to facilitate transit process to open new horizons for further economic and trade cooperation between these countries.
Ismail Haniyeh told reporters Wednesday that such allegations are lies meant to prepare the ground for future Israeli attacks on Gaza.
You probably want to prepare the ground, to highlight the fact this is going to be available.
Ms Rao and Bashir have been tasked by Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani to find ways to bridge the trust deficit and prepare the ground for a meeting of the Foreign Ministers on July 15.
Ten 3M volunteers also put their backs into an afternoon's labouring to prepare the ground for the children to get planting.
Foreign secretaries will meet on May 20 to prepare the ground for talks between Mukherjee and Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
As well as the usual exhibition spaces, which prepare the ground for visits to the ancient remains, the museum forms a route up and through to the theatre site, reinstating its historic place in the urban realm.
Titan director Rob Murdoch said: "Greenfield Construction's people are among the first to go onto a new site, doing what is necessary to prepare the ground and laying foundations up to damp course level.
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