Definition of “set the scene” - English Dictionary

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“set the scene” in British English

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set the scene

to describe a situation where something is about to happen:

First, let's set the scene - it was a dark, wet night with a strong wind blowing.

to make something possible or likely to happen:

His resignation set the scene for a company crisis.

(Definition of “set the scene” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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