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.
- Set the table
Also, lay the table. Arrange a cloth, plates, glasses, silverware and the like for a meal, as in Please set the table for eight tonight. [ Late 1300s ]
- Set the wheels in motion
see: set in motion
noun 1. the act of a person or thing that sets. 2. the surroundings or environment of anything: The garden was a perfect setting for the house. 3. the mounting in which a jewel is set. 4. a group of all the articles, as of china, silver, or glass, required for setting a table or […]
- Setting lotion
noun 1. a perfumed solution of gum or a synthetic resin in a solvent, used in hairdressing to make a set last longer