But the histrionics in that caucus are simply a prelude to an ultimate cave.
All that is a prelude to explain the significance of the numbers at the top: 51 percent, 47 percent, and then 32 percent.
As is, they now look ominously instead like that monopoly's prelude and farcical first act.
That was merely a prelude for the raid an hour later when the Shabiha arrived.
A strike on Syria is not a prelude to a decade-long counterinsurgency campaign with 100,000 U.S. forces on the ground.
The prelude to Johann's artistic life was successfully completed.
Rain poured down, day after day, as if it were the prelude to a second Deluge.
The prelude in C major, in the first set, was originally longer than in subsequent revisions.
A series of breakfasts was always the prelude to some active warfare.
We found the king, and without any prelude, Mary proffered her request.
1560s, from Middle French prélude "notes sung or played to test the voice or instrument" (1530s), from Medieval Latin preludium "prelude, preliminary," from Latin praeludere "to play beforehand for practice, preface," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Purely musical sense first attested in English 1650s. Related: Prelusion.