smooth the way

idiom

: to make it easier to reach a conclusion, result, etc.
They smoothed the way for a quick end to the dispute.

Examples of smooth the way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While details are not yet known, the agreement between the WGA and AMPTP on artificial intelligence may smooth the way for a pact between actors and the AMPTP. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Sep. 2023 At least one family member does admit, though, jokingly or otherwise, that his being rich and famous did smooth the way for that being so easily acceptable. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Sep. 2023 To smooth the way, the White House worked out a three-way deal that involved the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Greece. Asli Aydintasbas, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2023 Experts say that would be a strong outcome and could smooth the way for the United Nations climate summit slated for November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lisa Friedman, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2023 The city created a Retiree Protection Trust fund to prepare for that pension cliff and create what Jay Rising, chief financial officer for the city of Detroit, calls a ramp to smooth the way. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 29 June 2023 Maria and David Breaux were especially close, able to joke about the awful events in their lives and finding solace in two aunts who saw their intellect and tried to smooth the way. Corina Knoll, New York Times, 5 June 2023 China has also in the past released political dissidents ahead of major foreign leader visits to help smooth the way, though this was mostly before Xi took power. Mark Clifford, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 Bensouda wrote that her office had taken steps to preserve evidence gathered in the preliminary investigation to smooth the way for a formal probe. Washington Post, 14 June 2021

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“Smooth the way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smooth%20the%20way. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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