set the pace
Establish a standard for others to follow, as in Jim has set the pace for the department, exceeding the monthly quota every time. This expression comes from racing, where it is said of a horse that passes the others and leads the field. It was transferred to other activities in the early 1900s.
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When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
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Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.
In the last year, her fusion exercise class has attracted a cult following and become de rigueur among the celebrity set.
You would not think it too much to set the whole province in flames so that you could have your way with this wretched child.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
I take the Extream Bells, and set down the six Changes on them thus.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
She set off down Trafalgar Road in the mist and the rain, glad that she had been compelled to walk.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Good is set against evil, and life against death: so also is the sinner against a just man.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various