open the way


: to make (something) easier or more likely to happen
often + for or to
The court ruling opened the way for similar cases.
It has opened the way to real progress.

Examples of open the way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But many in the party (and more in the world of commentary) think Biden should drop out and open the way for a new nominee, lest the president’s weakness open the door wide to the disastrous return of Donald Trump. E.j. Dionne Jr., Washington Post, 30 June 2024 Kim and Scheffler, close friends, seemed to joke with each other to calm themselves down, then Kim made his putt to tie the tournament, but bogeyed the first playoff hole to open the way for Scheffler to win his sixth tournament of the year. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2024 One Chinese official told Bloomberg that Trump might also prove more amenable to doing deals than Biden, suggesting that Chinese concessions on trade could open the way for U.S. concessions over sensitive issues for China such as Taiwan. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 20 June 2024 Rivals Anthropic and xAI are B Corporations, and adopting the model could open the way for an IPO. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 17 June 2024 Trump’s recent indictment on federal felony charges for mishandling classified documents could potentially open the way for critics like Hurd to gain traction in the primary. Will Weissert, Fortune, 22 June 2023 Headline of the day Biden admin pushes for 'pause' in Israeli military campaign in Gaza Just last week, the U.S. vetoed a U.N. resolution calling for a humanitarian pause to open the way for more aid into Gaza. Mark Murray, NBC News, 26 Oct. 2023 Outside the court, a dozen supporters — facing an additional 400 cases among them — waited in an alley whose bustle was cleared only by intermittent monsoon downpours and the frequent blowing of a police whistle to open the way for another political prisoner. Mujib Mashal Atul Loke, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 In some wars, a deadlock might open the way for peace negotiations. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2023

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“Open the way.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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