set the stage for something

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.
See also: set, stage

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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This win has set the stage for something big and we believe we can go on to win our other two matches and top the group," Dottin added.
Of course, all good things must come to an end, but in this case, I would say my time at KU only set the stage for something better.
The setting also set the stage for something she is coordinating on campus next year: interfaith dialogue groups.