lay the groundwork

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[Motivation]

무엇이든 기틀을 잘 잡아놓는게  중요하다.무언가 처음부터 시작하는 것을  “from ground up” 이라 하였는데, 이와 비슷하게
ground를 써서 “성공의 기틀을 마련하다”를 의미하는, 글에서 특히 자주 쓰이는 표현이 있다 .

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[Phrase]
lay the groundwork

  • [Definition]  To create a foundation; to provide the basics or fundamentals
[From Movies & TV Shows]
  • I am trying to lay the groundwork for a meaningful relationship. (Rules Of Engagement)
  • I’ve laid the groundwork. I know the exact position of her room. I’ve made friends with her ballet master, Pimenov. (Grand Hotel)
  • We are always the first ones in laying the groundwork for the other forces. (Home Improvement)
  • we’re laying the groundwork for the people to achieve their own greatness. (The Legend of Korra)
  • Can you get this program up and running? It would take some time to lay the groundwork. (The Event)
[From Twitter]
  • Alibaba has invested $590m in Meizu, a Chinese smartphone maker. Laying the groundwork for real biz domination.
  • OS X 10.10.3 has a bigger focus on emoji, lays the groundwork for a bit more diversity in smiley faces.
  • What if you could lay the groundwork for a game-changing year in 1 day?
[From News]
  • Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has been laying the groundwork for an aggressive education agenda as he begins his second term.(NYT)
  • What next? The groundwork has been laid for real progress. (NYT)
  • At the time they were writing, the French had already laid the groundwork for the modern luxury industry. (Economist)
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[From Video]

  • Part of my work now is really laying the groundwork
  • and establishes kind of a groundwork and a dialog.
  • These marches set the groundwork
[Comment]
비디오에서 볼 수 있겠지만, lay 이외에 set 또는 establish도 쓰이긴한다. 하지만 lay the groundwork가 훨씬 더 많이 쓰인다는 것!
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