lay the groundwork
This page is about the collocation lay the groundwork
collocation pattern: verb + noun
to do preliminary work in preparation for future work
- A few months before beginning our aid project, we'll meet the village leaders and lay the groundwork.
- The government says its policies are laying the groundwork for future economic development.
A similar collocation is "lay the foundations (for)"
You have to lay the groundwork
Contributor: Matt Errey