smooth the path for (someone or something)

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smooth the path for (someone or something)

To cultivate favorable conditions for someone to do something or for something to happen. I always take the kids on a fun trip during the last week of summer to smooth the path for their return to school. I've been creating detailed notes about my work routine to smooth the path for whoever will replace me.
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smooth the ˈpath/ˈway

make it easier for something to happen: The President’s speech smoothed the way for talks with the rebel leaders.
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Her mother was partly aware of her deficiencies, and gave me many a lecture as to how I should try to form her tastes, and endeavour to rouse and cherish her dormant vanity; and, by insinuating, skilful flattery, to win her attention to the desired objects--which I would not do; and how I should prepare and smooth the path of learning till she could glide along it without the least exertion to herself: which I could not, for nothing can be taught to any purpose without some little exertion on the part of the learner.
Other firms bet on the right lighting to smooth the path into wakefulness, adding bright white lamps to alarm clocks so that even in the dark winter months, users are gently coaxed awake rather than bombarded with harsh sounds.
Paris St Germain are also in the frame, but re-elected Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes he can smooth the path to a stay at the Bernabeu, saying: "I will speak to him after the Confederations Cup.
In the last two years, the Commission has worked closely with Member States, national audit supervisors and stakeholders to smooth the path to implementation and facilitate the transition to the new regime.
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Kerry said Washington continues to believe Assad leaving power would smooth the path to a deal to end Syria's civil war and help the fight to defeat the Islamic State group.
Parry Williams and had been taught by them, and - to smooth the path even more thoroughly - was a children's author, a successful competitor at local eisteddfodau, winner of minor bardic chairs, as well as being big enough, strong enough and footballer enough to have sent W.
Attendees will also learn about Alaska Native Corporations, created to settle long-standing land claims by Alaska natives and smooth the path for a trans-Alaska pipeline, and the many legal and societal issues that have resulted.
Her first book, "Wearing Smooth the Path: 25 Years at Abby's House 1976-2001," detailed the journey of establishing and running three historic homes in Worcester - two on Crown Street and one just around the corner on Chatham Street - as housing shelters for women and their children.
If Congress moves ahead with these drafts, it will smooth the path for Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, who is due to visit Washington on 11-14 April.
It is pushing the Postal Services Bill through Parliament to enable private capital to be injected and will take on Royal Mail's pounds 8bn in pension liabilities to smooth the path for privatisation.
However, Slick Symphony showed a penchant for the inside from trap four and any repeat of that manoeuvre from the same box this evening is only likely to smooth the path for Tudor Prince on his immediate outside.
To Sue Millar who did so much to smooth the path and make things happen, also, a special thank you to the District Nurses, especially Alison, Andrea, Amanda and Janet, for their practical and emotional help and support to all of us.
He also helped to raise the money and smooth the path for the Angel of the North, Antony Gormley's sculpture erected in Gateshead in 1998.
Brady is also likely to smooth the path for Stephen Ireland's return.