set the pattern

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of set the pattern

:to create an example which is followed by others
  • The book set the pattern for detective fiction.

Word by Word Definitions

set play
  1. : to cause to sit : place in or on a seat

  2. : to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

  3. : to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. : the act or action of setting

  2. : the condition of being set

  3. : a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. : intent, determined

  2. : intentional, premeditated

  3. : fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified

pattern play
  1. : a form or model proposed for imitation : exemplar

  2. : something designed or used as a model for making things

  3. : an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form

  1. : match

  2. : imitate

  3. : to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern


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