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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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Two indie CDs brought him a large, well-deserved audience, setting the stage for the new ``Youth'' (Sony).
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Given the governor's personal involvement in promoting hybrids, we're setting the stage for gaining support next year,'' Sherman said.
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EMA believes that Rivermine Software has taken some significant and meaningful steps in providing enterprise telecommunications organizations with a means of taking control of a complex array of resources, and in setting the stage for a more robust integration of infrastructure resource management across both telecommunications and data-centric IT," said Drogseth.
Narration for the concert, scripted by Greg Finley, will provide a through-line for the songs, highlighting the films in which they were featured and setting the stage for each.
Principle issues in these cases have been addressed by the Court of Appeals in 1999 and the California Supreme Court in 2002, setting the stage for this Dismissal.
This recommended two-disc set covering the years 1934-62 collects wonderful movie jazz from the likes of the Mills Brothers, Goodman, Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Stan Getz and more, setting the stage for a sequel that shows how jazz continues to thrive in Hollywood in the films of Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee and Woody Allen.