set the scene

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of set the scene

1 :to give someone information that is needed to understand something
  • Before I tell the story, let me set the scene (for you).
2 :to create the conditions in which something can happen
  • His comments set the scene for an argument.

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

scene play
  1. : one of the subdivisions of a play: such as

  2. : a division of an act presenting continuous action in one place

  3. : a single situation or unit of dialogue in a play


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