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set the stage for (something)

1. Literally, to prepare and decorate a stage for something, such as a performance. During the intermission, you guys need to set the stage for the first scene of act two.
2. To be the catalyst for something that happens later. Their squabbling at Thanksgiving set the stage for a total screaming match on Christmas. A positive conversation with the CEO today could set the stage for a promotion tomorrow.
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set the stage for something

 
1. Lit. to arrange a stage for an act or scene of a production. The stage crew set the stage for the first act. They set the stage for the second scene while the orchestra played.
2. Fig. to prepare something for some activity. The initial meeting set the stage for further negotiations. Your negative comments set the stage for another big argument.
See also: for, set, stage
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

set the stage for something

COMMON To set the stage for something means to make preparations so that the thing can happen. Jamaica's prime minister set the stage for an election this month by announcing candidates for his People's National Party. The agreement sets the stage for renewed talks. Note: You can also say the stage is set for something, with the same meaning. The stage is now set for economic recovery.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

set the stage for

prepare the conditions for the occurrence or beginning of something.
1998 High Country News Udall had ruffled uniforms, but he had also set the stage for the glory years of the agency.
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