smooth the path/way

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

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