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set the stage for (something)

1. Literally, to prepare and decorate the stage for 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.
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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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These three events in 1991 set the stage for a wave of allegations from employees, as well as a volume of new insurance products to address the EPL exposure.
Running through pain is a mistake that can prevent you from accomplishing your goal and ultimately set the stage for chronic injury that can turn you into an ex-runner.
This event will set the stage for the next few years at CFA as it tackles the following issues: the Modern Foundry Technologies Institute; occupational s afety and health; energy management; environmental controls, including emissions control and spent foundry sand; and the Technology Road Map.
However, it does set the stage for those willing to learn.
The claim that Roosevelt betrayed Eastern Europe at Yalta, and that he set the stage for 40 years of Soviet domination, is an old right-wing canard .
This has set the stage for a constitutional showdown when the legislature reconvenes in January.
With $10 million in transactions closed within the month of March alone, the record-setting numbers set the stage for Gala Resources to post its best year ever.
Acquisition of a gene that enables the plague bacterium to live inside blood-sucking fleas may have set the stage for the Black Death, a new study in the April 3 26 Science suggests.
The FDI boom in China during the past decade has helped to set the stage for both a dramatic expansion of Chinese exports and such intense competitive pressure in domestic markets that the country has experienced three years of deflation.
He begins his tale with the final days of Siad Barre, whose bloody dictatorship set the stage for the country's collapse into rival clan-based fiefdoms.
Inflexibility: The cumulative effect of the development of leg muscles without adequate stretching and flexibility can set the stage for rupture.