smooth the path/way

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.
See also: for, path, smooth
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smooth the way

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smooth the path

COMMON If someone or something smooths the way or smooths the path for something, they make it easier for it to happen or more likely to happen. It is hoped that the talks will smooth the way to peace in the region. Working closely with parents, teachers can help to smooth the path through the early years of school.
See also: smooth, way
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

smooth the ˈpath/ˈway

make it easier for something to happen: The President’s speech smoothed the way for talks with the rebel leaders.
See also: path, smooth, way
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