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- To arrange plates, etc. for a meal.
- (figuratively) To make a future outcome possible.
- 2009, Thomas G. Segrich, The $32M Sales System for Design & Build Home Remodelers and Kitchen & Bath Professionals:
- The next step is to 'Set the Table' for the sale by stating your agenda. This is both a method of directing the course of the meeting, as well as a trial close
- 2008, B. A. Marbue Brown, The Clinton Economic Boom, page 107:
- In a very real sense, PC technology set the table for the prosperity of the nineties.
arrange plates, dishes, etc. in preparation for a meal