pave the way

Make progress or development easier, as in Her findings paved the way for developing a new vaccine. This expression alludes to paving a road so it is easier to travel on. [Late 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. pavan,
  2. pavane,
  3. pavarotti,
  4. pavarotti, luciano,
  5. pave,
  6. pavel petrovich,
  7. pavement,
  8. pavement artist,
  9. pavemental,
  10. paver

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