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set the scene for (something)

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 for

Also, set the stage for. Provide the underlying basis or background for, make likely or inevitable, as in Their fights about money set the scene for a divorce, or The comptroller's assessment of the firm's finances set the stage for a successful bond issue . These expressions allude to arranging a play's actors and properties on a theatrical stage. The first term dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1800s.
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Najdoski explains that in this manner, the government aims to achieve a double goal- from one side, it points out that others are to blame for the halted reforms, but on the other side it sets the scene for a complete control of the system.
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Wale's fine oral interpretation expertly sets the scene for this historical mystery.
Whatever you do, don't miss the first episode as it sets the scene for what follows.
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Much of Blanchard's music sets the scene for the moth seraphs Rom perceives in his mind, these masculine hybrids of angels and insects that loom in the background of his internal piano recital.
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The backstage role of women in the Bible sets the scene for the powerful acts of men called by a god superior to all others.