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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 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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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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In addition, 2Pi-06 sets the stage for the next generation of iris recognition cameras, particularly those that are chip-based and mobile devices, and those that capture pictures of an iris from subjects at a distance and/or in motion.
The Supreme Court's ruling on assisted suicide sets the stage for important debates about the end-of-life questions facing California and other states.
Today's adoption of the bylaws sets the stage for ColumbiaGrid to begin providing services to its members and the region before the end of this year," added Wallis.
The much-anticipated decision by Villaraigosa, who lost to Hahn in a runoff in 2001, sets the stage for what many believe will be another tough fight for the city's top job and a debate over its direction.
It is always upper management that sets the stage for how all subordinates behave and conduct the business of a company.
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The announcement, four months after Peres' stunning election loss to hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu, sets the stage for a bitter succession battle in his Labor Party, which will choose a new leader in mid-1997.
Today's news sets the stage for bringing other manufacturing units in the integrated site on line, but progress is still contingent on the supply of basic raw materials from outside the complex and our customers' ability to take product," Sullivan said.