set the scene

set the scene
1) to create the conditions that make it possible for an event to happen
set the scene for:

These findings have set the scene for further debate on the system.

2) to give someone the information that they need so that they can understand what is going to happen or be said

Let me just set the scene by telling you a little about the school.


English dictionary. 2014.

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