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set the scene

1. In a narrative work, to establish the setting through description. I'm really impressed with how the author is able to set the scene while simultaneously working in a lot of exposition.
2. Similarly, to describe something so that others can understand or envision it. Let me set the scene for you: I walked into the middle of an all-out food fight and was promptly hit with a plate of spaghetti. So I think I punished those students appropriately.
3. To be the catalyst for something that happens later. Their squabbling at Thanksgiving set the scene for a total screaming match on Christmas. A positive conversation with the CEO today could set the scene for a promotion tomorrow.
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set the scene

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1. If you set the scene, you briefly tell people what they need to know about a subject, so that they can understand what is going to happen next. I was writing an article and wanted to set the scene by giving a few details about how widespread the custom was. To visualize this period of his career it is first necessary to set the scene and describe the events leading up to World War 2. Note: You can also use the noun scene-setting. There's a certain amount of scene-setting in the initial chapter.
2. If something sets the scene for an event, it creates the conditions in which that event is likely to happen. Some members feared that Germany might raise its interest rates. That could have set the scene for a confrontation with the US, which is concerned that increases could cut demand for its exports. The first hour's cricket set the scene for a superbly entertaining day as England and South Africa played some of the best cricket ever seen.
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set the scene

1 describe a place or situation in which something is about to happen. 2 create the conditions for a future event.
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set the ˈscene/ˈstage (for something)


1 give somebody the information they need in order to understand what comes next: The first few chapters of the book just set the scene.
2 create the conditions in which something can easily happen: His arrival set the scene for another argument.With so many economic and political problems, the stage was set for another war.
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set the scene

/stage for
To provide the underlying basis for: saber rattling that set the stage for war.
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The demonstrators call voting the new constitution through in order to set the stage for rebuilding the state institutions.
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In 1988, massive street protests in Burma toppled one military government and set the stage for the election in 1990.
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By taking classroom time to share the lessons of Heads Up with your students this year, you have helped to set the stage for a healthier, smarter, drug-free generation of young adults.
The sad and little acknowledged truth about the war in Iraq is that it was the invasion of Afghanistan (approved by an overwhelming majority of "liberals") that set the stage for the arrogant and imperial expedition across the desert.
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Where I really take issue with Root is his assertion that it was the nonactivist judges who set the stage for upholding the constitutionality of Progressive and New Deal era liberalism.