set the scene for (something)

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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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Meanwhile, Toula's eccentric Greek parents discover their 1963 marriage was never formalised, setting the scene for - you guessed it - another big fat Greek wedding.
Orangebox created a range of specially designed sporting equipment, setting the scene for the activities which included the high jump and long jump, swords for wheelchair fencing and javelins made from foam.
Setting the Scene for Q6 sets out the CAA's initial views on how it plans on approaching the review and the key issues which will shape the agenda for the work.
The pop sensations will take to the stage at the Enjoy festival on May 21, setting the scene for a summer of entertainment at the Llanelli stadium.
Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle were setting the scene for The Dreadful Hours, which premieres tonight at the Hope Street theatre.
Russell Crowe (right) flexes his impressive pecs as Maximus, the Roman general betrayed by the ambitious young Caesar and sold into slavery, only to find fame at the Colosseum as a powerful and brave gladiator - setting the scene for a dramatic showdown.
This conference will open with market overviews from Robert Eller Associates and Barry Statham, setting the scene for the technical papers that follow.
Readers are able to view how and why science prospered and struggled under the influence of the church, setting the scene for modern conflicts.
Millner and Chiles have a knack for writing cogent dialogue and setting the scene for contemporary African-American men and women.
Instead of rising to the occasion of what was widely seen as the most important speech of his long and lackluster political career, Davis sank to a new low by setting the scene for his message - these are tough times and we all have to make sacrifices - with words and ideas stolen from the mouth of Clinton.
And now Wood's men stand between England and that illusive championship clean sweep, setting the scene for a pulsating tournament finale at Lansdowne Road tomorrow.
The low level of settlements, together with the continuing relatively benign inflationary outlook, is setting the scene for the likely pattern of engineering pay settlements for the rest of the year," said David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy.
Setting the scene for that sequel is a team of California scientists who have created a new type of device with bizarre electromagnetic properties.
LARRY RAWSON, ESPN broadcaster, setting the scene for the New York City Marathoners' entrance to the borough of Queens: "This is the home of Mae West, who would have loved the idea of 20,000 men in short pants running through the street on which she lived,"
All of this is setting the scene for an extraordinary amount of work - this has already commenced but it will explode over 2011 and beyond.